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Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana

By Pietro Mascagni

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Concert Band - Grade 3
Composed by Pietro Mascagni (1863-1945). Arranged by Harry I. Phillips. Concert Band; Masterworks; Performance Music Ensemble; Single Titles. Alfred Concert Band. Easter; Masterwork Arrangement; Romantic; Spring. Part(s); Score. 132 pages. Alfred Music #00-20260. Published by Alfred Music (AP.20260).

Item Number: AP.20260


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.

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