Amilcare Ponchielli

Elegy on the Death of Garibaldi

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Ele­gy on the Death of Garibal­di
Amil­care Ponchiel­li (1834–1886)
Mod­ern edi­tion by David Whitwell (1937–)

Date: unknown
Instru­men­ta­tion: Con­cert Band
Dura­tion: 8:40
Lev­el: 4

Notes on Ponchielli’s Elegy on the Death of Garibaldi

Ponchiel­li was a famous nine­teenth cen­tu­ry Ital­ian opera com­pos­er whose opera, La Gio­con­da, with its famous “The Dance of the Hours,” is still in the inter­na­tion­al reper­to­ry.

He also served as the con­duc­tor of the Cre­mona Civic Band, for whom he com­posed more than sev­en­ty orig­i­nal works and an equal num­ber of tran­scrip­tions.

Giuseppe Garibal­di (1807–1882), whose pop­u­lar­i­ty, his skill at rous­ing the com­mon peo­ple, and his mil­i­tary exploits are all cred­it­ed with mak­ing the mod­ern uni­fi­ca­tion of Italy pos­si­ble. He trav­eled wide­ly, includ­ing a six month res­i­dence in New York City in 1850–1851.