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Donizetti G. – Sinfonia from Don Pasquale – arr. for chamber orchestra

The Ouverture to Don Pasquale is a brilliant piece, right out of one of the most popular operas of all times but it normally requires large orchestral forces: hence the present arrangement, for chamber orchestra.



Don Pasquale is one of the most famous comic operas by Gaetano Donizetti; the first performance took place on January 3rd, 1843 in Paris and it is generally regarded as being the high point of the 19th-century opera buffa tradition and, in fact, marking its ending.

The introductory Sinfonia is full of catchy themes with a brilliant and sparkling ending, making it perfect for a concert. The piece was orchestrated for a rather large orchestra but here it is available in an arrangement which only requires:


  • 1 flute/piccolo
  • 1 oboe
  • 1 clarinet
  • 1 bassoon
  • 1 horn
  • 2 percussion players
  • strings

Chamber Orchestra


~6 min.


– 1 full score
– 1 set of parts


Cover image by Rene Asmussen 

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