Don Pasquale Sinfonia – 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
– 1 full score