Mozart : Soave il vento trio from Cosi Fan Tutti (Arranged for Brass quintet)

Product Code : Mozart_04
Così fan tutte (K. 588), is an Italian-language opera buffa in two acts that was first performed on 26 January 1790 at the Burgtheater in Vienna, Austria. The libretto was written by Lorenzo Da Ponte who also wrote Le nozze di Figaro and Don Giovanni. The title, Così fan tutte, literally means "Thus do all women" but is usually translated into English as "Women are like that".
The first performance took place at the Burgtheater in Vienna on 26 January 1790. It was given only five times before the run was stopped by the death of the Emperor Joseph II and the resulting period of court mourning. It was performed twice in June 1790 with the composer conducting the second performance, and again in July and August. After that it was not played in Vienna during Mozart's lifetime. The subject-matter did not offend the Viennese audiences of the time, but throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries, it was considered risqué, vulgar, and even immoral. The opera was rarely performed, and when it did appear it was presented in one of several bowdlerised forms. After World War II it regained its place in the standard operatic repertoire. It is frequently performed and appears 14th on the Opera base list of the most-performed operas worldwide.
Soave il vento is performed in Act 1 scene 1 and the synopsis to this is as follows.
In a cafe, Ferrando and Guglielmo (two officers) express certainty that their fiancées (Dorabella and Fiordiligi, respectively) will be eternally faithful. Don Alfonso expresses scepticism and claims that there is no such thing as a faithful woman. He lays a wager with the two officers, claiming he can prove in a day's time that those two, like all women, are fickle. The wager is accepted: the two officers will pretend to have been called off to war; soon thereafter they will return in disguise and each attempt to seduce the other's lover. The scene shifts to the two women, who are praising their men. Alfonso arrives to announce the bad news: the officers have been called off to war. Ferrando and Guglielmo arrive, broken hearted, and bid farewell. As the boat with the men sails off to sea, Alfonso and the sisters wish them safe travel with the trio Soave sia il vento—"May the wind be gentle". Alfonso, left alone, gloatingly predicts that like all women, they will prove unfaithful.
This is a staggeringly beautiful piece of music, and once again we find it unbelievable that this has not been made available for brass ensemble until now.
Technically we would class this as fairly easy.
No. of Players : 5 Difficulty : Fairly Easy Arranged by : Mark Leigh
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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.
Soave il vento trio from Cosi Fan Tutti (Arranged for Brass quintet)
Price : £20