"E lucevan le stelle" (for Solo Tenor Voice & Band) was composed by Giacomo Puccini for his 1899 opera "Tosca" and is faithfully transcribed for band by Mark Wolfram. "Tosca" has three acts and an Italian libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa. It premiered at the Teatro Costanzi in Rome on January 14, 1900. Based on Victorien Sardou's 1887 French-language dramatic play, La Tosca, the opera "Tosca" is a melodramatic piece set in Rome in June 1800, and contains depictions of torture, murder and suicide, yet also includes some of Puccini's best-known lyrical arias. The power of its score and the inventiveness of its orchestration have been widely acknowledged. The dramatic force of "Tosca" and its characters continues to fascinate both performers and audiences, and the work remains one of the most frequently performed operas. "E lucevan le stelle" is the final featured tenor solo of the opera.
"E lucevan le stelle" is a GRADE 4 band transcription which highlights strong melodic lines, rich sonorities, frequent tempo and mood changes, and multiple meters. If you have a terrific tenor soloist and a facile band, this romantic and passionate piece makes a welcome addition to any concert - or a terrfic encore - guaranteed to bring down the house! The duration is approximately 2:15.
A complete set of full-sized parts and a bound, transposed
full score are included. Available only through this website from
Sound Studio Publications. The instrumentation/parts distribution for each set is as follows:
1 - French Horn in F 1
1 - French Horn in F 2
1 - French Horn in F 3
1 - French Horn in F 4 2 - Tenor Trombone 1
2 - Tenor Trombone 2
2 - Bass Trombone
2 - Euphoniums T.C.
2 - Euphoniums B.C.
4 - Tubas
1 - Timpani
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