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Fantasia da Concerto sopra motivi dell’Opera ‘Rigoletto’ di Verdi / Introduzione e Quartetto

Concert Fantasy on Verdi’s ‘Rigoletto’ / Introduction & Quartet; edited by Nicolai Pfeffer

Composer: Luigi Bassi

Publisher: Breitkopf & Härtel

$35.00

Movement/Section Duration: N/A
  • This edition consists of two works for piano and clarinet, edited by Nicolai Pfeffer:

    Fantasia da Concerto (compare different editions of this work)
    Introduzione e Quartetto

    Luigi Bassi (1833 – 1871) was an Italian composer and clarinettist.  The Fantasia da Concerto was first published in 1865 by Ricordi.  Bassi combined several melodies from Verdi's Rigoletto opera into a dazzling showpiece that has remained a programming favorite.  Below is a broad outline of the opera source material upon which Bassi based his adaptation (only measures in the clarinet work that directly refer to the opera are noted).  The opera's section and page numbers refer to the full score's 1914 Ricordi edition.  

    • mm. 1–11: Act I, No. 1 Prelude (page 1)
    • mm. 17–32: Act II, No. 10 "Mio padre" recitative, by Gilda & Rigoletto (page 270)
    • mm. 38–45: Act II, No. 10 "Piangi, piangi faniculla" duet, by Gilda & Rigoletto (page 285)
    • mm. 50–88: Act III, No. 12 "Bella figlia dell'amore" quartet, by Duke, Maddalena, Gilda, Rigoletto (page 337)
    • mm. 89–112: Act I, No. 2 Introduction (page 6)
    • mm. 121–152: Act I, No. 6 "Caro nome che il mio cor" aria, by Gilda (page 156)
    • mm. 153–168: Act II, No. 8 "Scorrendo uniti remota via" chorus (page 203)
    • mm. 177–203: Act II, No. 8 "Parmi veder le lagrime" aria, by Duke (page 196)

    Further context on the opera and performance suggestions can be found in Madeline LeBaron Johnson's dissertation, An Examination of the Clarinet Music of Luigi Bassi.

    Quick facts
    Range: highest pitch = written G6
    Key signature: no ♯/♭, 1♯, 3♭
    Time signature: 2/2, 3/4, 4/4

    A preface in English and German briefly sums up Pfeffer's editorial decisions.  Referring to the first print of 1865 and a new engraving of 1900, both from Ricordi, the editor made personally-preferred edits to the clarinet part's dynamics and articulation (none to the piano part); these are marked using square brackets [ ] and dashed lines for hairpins and slurs.  Mistakes were corrected with no signalling, and there are also four corrected areas with accompanying footnote explanations.

    The score has a transposed clarinet part.

    In addition to the well-known Fantasia, this edition includes Bassi's Introduzione e Quartetto, which adapts the same opera in a shorter format, at about half the duration (compared to the Fantasia's 12-13 minutes); see the full description here.

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  • Pages: 12

    Pages (score): 25


    Publisher Code: EB32116

    UPC: 9790004187289

    ISBN:

    ISMN: 9790004187289


    Length: 30.5 cm

    Width: 23 cm

    Thickness: 0.333 cm


    Weight: 214 g