Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana
Concert Band - Grade 3
Composed by Pietro Mascagni (1863-1945). Arranged by Harry I. Phillips. Concert Band; Masterworks. Alfred Concert Band. Easter; Masterwork Arrangement; Romantic; Spring. Conductor Score. 12 pages. Published by Alfred Music (AP.20260S).
Item Number: AP.20260S
Cavalleria Rusticana is Mascagni's most popular opera. "Intermezzo" is the instrumental interlude that accompanies villagers leaving an Easter service. This operatic gem brings relief to the tensions of a plot that realistically deals with tragic triangles of love. Beginning with a sensitively treated section for woodwinds, it's not long before the brass enters to create a lush sound. Rhythmically simple, this piece allows the conductor to focus on the execution of long, lyrical passages, including dynamics, legato line, and phrasing. A beautiful treatment of an equally beautiful work.