Mozart : Overture from the Magic Flute (Arranged for Brass quintet)
Product Code : Mozart_02
Although he started composing this before La clemenza di Tito, Die ZauberflÃ¶te (The Magic Flute) was the last opera Mozart ever completed. It was an example of the popular dramatic style known as Singspiel (referred to above in our notes on Paminaâ€™s aria) and also an allegory on Mozartâ€™s own Masonic associations and beliefs. He would live to see it successfully staged and conducted the first performance, but his death just months later would deprive him of knowing how lasting and important the work was would become. Three chords begin the overture in direct tribute to the Masonic themes of the opera (three being an important symbolic number). After the mysterious but inexorable opening, Mozart treats us to a fugue, transformation, delightful instrumental playfulness and an invigorating sense that something special is in store. Right in the middle of this infectious activity are the famous three times three chords, the â€œdreimalige Akkord,â€ which not only echo the overtureâ€™s opening but clear the air for a brief moment with spectacular effect. It is important to view The Magic Flute not as Mozartâ€™s benediction or farewell to opera but rather as the excited, forward-looking declaration of a young genius in his prime. This is the hopeful music of a man with plans for the future, not the last rites of someone who felt time slipping and assumed he had said enough. From this perspective, the Overture to The Magic Flute may well be the most rewarding six minutes in music. Our arrangement of this masterpiece has plenty for the whole ensemble to play, and we hope you find this a very enjoyable addition to your repertoire if you choose to purchase it. We would class this technically as fairly easy.
In most cases, this is the arrangment being played back using the Sibelius video export facility, but in some cases this is an actual performance by groups commissioned by Undiscovered Brass to actually perform the arrangment.
Overture from the Magic Flute (Arranged for Brass quintet)