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Zampa Overture (arr Meyrelles)

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Ferdinand Hérold

Ferdinand Hérold (arr. Meyrelles)

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General Info

Year: 1831 / 1891
Duration:c. 8:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Carl Fischer
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print

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Full Score
D-flat Piccolo
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet Solo-I-II
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
E-flat Soprano Cornet
B-flat Cornet Solo-I-II
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
E-flat Horn or Alto I-II-III
Tenor Horn I-II-III
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone

(percussion detail desired)


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 which 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 tune that are catchy and expressive, dramatic mood contrasts, and an exhilarating finale.

-Program Note from Program Notes for Band


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Allegheny College (Penn.) Band Camp for Adult Musicians (Michael Colburn, conductor) - 30 June 2017

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Hérold, F.; Meyrelles, M. (1891). Zampa: Overture [score]. Carl Fischer: [s.l.].
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 282.