Sullivan: Pirates of Penzance Overture-wind dectet
Arranged for wind dectet (double wind quintet).
2nd flute doubles on piccolo.
The Pirates of Penzance; or, The Slave of Duty is a comic opera in two acts, with music by Arthur Sullivan and libretto by W. S. Gilbert.
It was their 5th collaboration .
The overture to The Pirates of Penzance was composed by Sullivan and his musical assistant Alfred Cellier. It follows the pattern of most Savoy opera overtures: a lively opening (the melody of "With cat-like tread"), a slow middle section ("Ah, leave me not to pine alone"), and a concluding allegro in a compressed sonata form, in which the themes of "How beautifully blue the sky" and "A paradox, a paradox" are combined.
This music suits the wind ensemble...something "light" to vary your programme!
PDF of score and parts.