Overture to The Marriage of Figaro (Score and Parts). By Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791). Arranged by Tohru Takahashi. For Concert Band (Score & Parts). De Haske Concert Band. Grade 5. De Haske Publications #1063955. Published by De Haske Publications (HL.44002986).
In 1786, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart composed his wonderful opera Le Nozzi di Figaro. In the opera, Count Almaviva tries to seduce the fiancée of Figaro, his valet. Eventually, through four acts full of complicated intrigue, he is outwitted. In his music, Mozart, at times in a humorous way, reflects the numerous social and erotic intrigues with both empathy and insight. The brilliant overture is just as vivacious and witty as the opera itself. Mozart delightfully anticipates the passion and playful love that is to come. The skillful transcription for concert band by the Japanese composer Tohru Takahashi certainly does justice to this enchanting music.