Prelude from 'La Traviata'
Concert band (1st Flute/Piccolo, 2nd Flute, 1st Oboe, 2nd Oboe, 1st Bb Clarinet, 2nd Bb Clarinet, 3rd Bb Clarinet, Bb Bass Clarinet*, 1st Bassoon, 2nd Bassoon*, 1st Eb Alto Saxophone, 2nd Eb Alto Saxophone*, Bb Tenor Saxophone, Eb Baritone Saxophone*, 1st Bb Trumpet, 2) - grade 3.5
Composed by Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901). Arranged by Geoffrey Brand. Band Music. Score and parts. Duration 3:50. Published by C. Alan Publications (CN.R10249).
Item Number: CN.R10249
La Traviata has become one of Verdi's most performed and best loved works. The Prelude, with which the opera opens, offers a fine example of Verdi's delicacy of scoring and genuine imagination in his writing for the theatre. Geoffrey Brand has completed a masterful arrangement of this work for concert band.
Giuseppe Verdi's life is an example of ultimate high achievement in spite of enormous early adversities. Born into a small hamlet in Parma, Italy, Verdi's earliest music influences were the organ and the church. At the age of 18, he applied to enter the Conservatoire of Music in Milan but was rejected. The following year, he unsuccessfully tried for the post of cathedral organist in Milan. By 1845, Verdi wrote of being "condemned continually to scribble notes. Happiness does not exist for me." His music was not widely accepted or performed. Following the first performance of La Traviata in Venice in 1853, he said, "La Traviata, last night, was a fiasco. Is it my fault or the singers? Time will tell." It has; La Traviata has become one of Verdi's most performed and best loved works. The Prelude, with which the opera opens, offers a fine example of Verdi's delicacy of scoring and genuine imagination in his writing for the theatre.
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