Saturday, October 20, 2018

La Forza del Destino Overture

Giuseppe Verdi (1813–1901) was to Italian opera what Beethoven was to the symphony. The transcription by R. Mark Rogers of La Forza del Destino Overture for concert band reflects the original symphonic setting. After six unison chords from the brasses, the Overture opens with a musical idea symbolizing the relentless force that carries forward the tragic events of the opera. The final statement of the “fate” motive is accompanied with a delicate obligato in the upper woodwinds, and the entire piece is pulled together in a stirring finale. (Source: Ridgewood Concert Band, Marcie Phelan)

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