Rossini : Overture to the Barber of Seville (Arranged for Brass quintet)

Product Code : Rossini_01
The Barber of Seville, or The Futile Precaution, in Italian is Il barbiere di Siviglia, ossia L'inutile precauzione . It is an opera buffa in two acts with an Italian libretto by Cesare Sterbini. The libretto was based on Pierre Beaumarchais's French comedy Le Barbier de Séville (1775). The première of this opera (under the title Almaviva, o sia L'inutile precauzione) took place on 20 February 1816 at the Teatro Argentina, Rome.
This opera has proven to be one of the great masterpieces of comedy within music, and has been described as the opera buffa of all "opere buffe". Even two hundred years later , it still remains a popular work. The opera recounts the events of the first of the three plays by French playwright Pierre Beaumarchais that revolve around the clever and enterprising character named Figaro. Mozart's opera Le nozze di Figaro, composed 30 years earlier in 1786, is based on the second part of the Beaumarchais trilogy.
Other operas based on the first play have been composed, but only Rossini's version has stood the test of time.
The premiere at the Teatro Argentina in Rome was a disastrous failure: the audience hissed and jeered throughout, and several on-stage accidents occurred. Furthermore, many of the audience were supporters of one of Rossini's rivals, Giovanni Paisiello, who played on mob mentality to provoke the rest of the audience to dislike the opera. Paisiello had already composed The Barber of Seville and considered Rossini's new version to be a rival to his version. In particular, Paisiello and his followers were opposed to the use of basso buffo, which is common in comic opera. The second performance was a roaring success. The original French play, Le Barbier de Séville, had a similar story: poorly received at first, only to become a favourite within a week.
This was the first opera ever to be performed in Italian in New York, when Manuel Garcia and his Italian troupe opened their first season there with Il barbiere on 29 November 1825 at the Park Theatre.
This opera is ranked number nine on the Opera base list of the most-performed operas worldwide.
We felt that the inclusion of this overture to our repertoire of arrangements was quite important despite it already being available elsewhere. 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.
Overture to the Barber of Seville (Arranged for Brass quintet)
Price : £20