Zampa Overture (arr Meyrelles)
Ferdinand Hérold (arr. Meyrelles)
Year: 1831 / 1891
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Carl Fischer
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print
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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
(percussion detail desired)
None discovered thus far.
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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Works for Winds by This Composer
- Clog Dance (arr. Bashford)
- Flute Dance from "La Fille mal Gardée Ballet"
- Ludovic Overture
- Jours de Mon from "La Pré-aux-Clerics"
- Overture to La Pré-aux-Clerics
- Volk-lust Overture
- Zampa Overture (arr. Beek) (1831/1994)
- Zampa Overture (arr. Godfrey) (1831/1918)
- Zampa Overture (arr. Meyrelles) (1831/1891)
- Zampa Overture (arr. Retford) (1831)
- Zampa Overture (arr. Safranek) (1831/1912)
- Zampa Overture (arr. Singleton) (1831/2002)
- 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.