\"The Merry Widow\" Overture

"The Merry Widow" Overture

  • Composer: Leh├ír, Franz
  • Arrenger: Suzuki, Eiji
  • Grade: 4.5
  • Duration: 7:00
  • Genre: Concert Band
  • Publisher: Brain Music
  • Item No: ZOMS-A102S


Program Note

The original Merry Widow does not have an overture. As you might know from the Merry Widow Selections, the music starts at the "introduction" and goes directly into the story. However, several "overtures" do exist, arranged independently and specifically for concert performance. The composer Franz Leh?r himself wrote one, and some are arrangements by other composers such as Robert Stolz. The Lehar score is unpublished, yet there is a recording conducted by the composer himself, which is the basis of this arrangement for band.
The structure is like a simple medley, yet the main melody from the operetta is used as a developmental theme throughout the arrangement. After one listen, you will determine which scene the motive is taken from. The original scoring is rather long, so the redundant sections and parts relegated to strings have been eliminated.
This arrangement came from a request by Takeshi Inou, director at Meisei Gakuin High School. He said "I