Poet and Peasant Overture (arr Meyrelles)

From Wind Repertory Project
Franz von Suppé

Franz von Suppé (arr. MC Meyrelles; rev. Safranek)

General Info

Year: 1845 / 1883 / 1911
Duration: c. 10:30
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Carl Fischer
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print.

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Full Score
D-flat Piccolo
D-flat Flute
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet Solo-I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
E-flat Cornet
B-flat Cornets Solo-I-II-III
E-flat Horn or Alto I-II-III-I
Tenor Horn I-II
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Side Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Best described as a "comedy with songs," Franz von Suppé's three-act operetta premiered on August 24, 1846, in Vienna. Its overture has both lyrical melodies and rhythmic drive, with repeated 8- or 16-measure melodic ideas, adding instruments and volume each time to increase intensity. The introductory segment begins with a brass chorale, followed by returning themes of a famous syncopated melody, a graceful waltz, and a fast staccato section. The piece comes to a powerful close.

-Program Note by Macungie Band concert program, 5 June 2015

Two overtures associated with the old-time park band concerts of the day when those events were at their peak in popularity are Rossini's William Tell and Suppé's Poet and Peasant. Although Suppé is noted as the composer of a great number of comic operas, this particular work did not belong to an opera until several years after its 1845 composition date. The themes from this overture are among the most often quoted material for comic effects for stage productions and animated cartoons probably because they represent, in sound, an era of nostalgia and are familiar to audiences of all age groups. It is for this reason, if no other, that the composition deserves to be heard in its original context as a serious but highly entertaining selection.

-Program Note by Program Notes for Band

Among the most popular is his Poet and Peasant (Dichter und Bauern) Overture of 1846, composed not for one of his own operettas but as a part of incidental music to a play by a colleague named Elmar. So popular did the overture become that it has been published in nearly forty different arrangements

-Program Note by Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music


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State Ratings

  • Kansas: IV


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  • Naperville (Ill.) Municipal Band (Andrew Glover, conductor) - 10 August 2023
  • Marist College (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) Wind Symphony (Joshua E. Long, conductor) - 23 November 2019
  • Keene (N.H.) State College Concert Band (Joshua E. Long, conductor) — 25 April 2019
  • Atascadero (Calif.) Community Band (Randy Schwalbe, conductor) – 5 November 2017
  • Charlottesville (Va.) Municipal Band (Stephen R. Layman, conductor) – 20 June 2017
  • Band Camp for Adult Musicians (Meadville, Penn.) (Timothy Foley, conductor) – 18 June 2017
  • Bellefonte (Penn.) Community Band (Joshua E. Long, conductor) – 13 March 2016
  • Macungie Band (Bethlehem, Penn.) (Michael Moran, conductor) - 5 June 2015
  • Banda Municipal de Manizales (Colombia) – 1 March 2009

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