Charles Gounod : The Jewel song from Faust (Arranged for Brass quintet)

Product Code : Gounod_01
Faust is a grand opera in five acts to a French libretto by Jules Barbier and Michel Carré from Carré's play Faust et Marguerite, in turn loosely based on Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's Faust, Part One. It debuted at the Théâtre Lyrique on the Boulevard du Temple in Paris on 19 March 1859, but was rejected by the Paris Opera, on the grounds that it was not “showy” enough.
Faust was not initially well received. The publisher Antoine Choudens, who purchased the copyright for 10,000 francs, took the work (with added recitatives replacing the original spoken dialogue) on tour through Germany, Belgium, Italy and England. It was revived in Paris in 1862, and was a hit. it became the most frequently performed opera at the Paris Opera house and a staple of the international repertory, which it remained for decades, being translated into at least 25 languages. The Palais Garnier's first-generation staging, premiered on 6 September 1875, was directed by Léon Carvalho. The popularity of "Faust" has declined somewhat, beginning around 1950. A full production, with its large chorus and elaborate sets and costumes, is an expensive and time-consuming undertaking, particularly if the act 5 ballet is included. However, it appears as number 35 on the Opera base list of the most-performed operas worldwide, and at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, it is the eighth most frequently performed opera there, with 747 performances through the 2011-2012 season.
We have chosen to arrange the Jewel song from act 3. The synopsis for this act is that the lovesick boy Siébel leaves a bouquet for Marguerite. Faust sends Méphistophélès in search of a gift for Marguerite and idealizing Marguerite as a pure child of nature , he brings in a decorated box containing exquisite jewellery and a hand mirror and leaves it on Marguerite's doorstep, next to Siébel's flowers. Marguerite's neighbour, notices the jewellery and says it must be from an admirer. Marguerite tries on the jewels and is captivated by how they enhance her beauty, as she sings the Jewel Song (Ah! je ris de me voir si belle en ce miroir).
We think that this famous aria is very suited to performance by a brass ensemble and is an ideal showcase for the trumpets players.
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.
The Jewel song from Faust (Arranged for Brass quintet)
Price : £20