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Zampa Overture

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Ferdinand Hérold

Ferdinand Hérold (arr. Kenneth Singleton)

General Info

Year: 1831 / 2002
Duration: c. 8:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Ludwig Masters
Cost: Score and Parts - $80.00   |   Score Only - $12.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion I-II (3 players), including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The opera Zampa ou La Fiancée de marbre (Zampa or the Marble Bride) was premiered at the Opera Comique in Paris on May 3, 1831. A brilliant success, it combined the spirit of Italian music with the depth of German drama and the elegance of the French style.

In the first act of the libretto by Mellesville, Camilli, daughter of Count Lugano, waits for her bridegroom, Alfonso di Monza, a Sicilian officer. Soon the notorious pirate captain Zampa enters and tells Camilla that he has captured Alfonso and Lugano and will kill both unless she agrees to marry him. During a drinking bout with his pirates, Zampa puts a bridal ring on the finger of a marble statue representing his rejected bride Alice. In the complicated series of events that follow, Alice comes to life, Alfonso recognizes the evil pirate as his own brother, Camilla and Alfonso are reunited, and the union is blessed by Alice.

Because of its endurance and its quality, this overture is known in the band world as "a warhorse," an "old chestnut," or "a classic." It has tunes that are catchy and expressive, dramatic mood contrasts, and an exhilarating finale.

-Program Note from Program Notes for Band


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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