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Haendel, Georg Friedrich Georg Friedrich Haendel
Germany Germany
(1685 - 1759)
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Haendel, Georg Friedrich: "March of the Grenadier Guards" for Woodwind Quintet

"March of the Grenadier Guards" for Woodwind Quintet
HWV 20 Act I Scene I
Georg Friedrich Haendel




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Composer :Georg Friedrich HaendelHaendel, Georg Friedrich (1685 - 1759)
Instrumentation :

Woodwind quintet : Flute, Clarinet, Oboe, Horn, Bassoon

Style :

Baroque

Arranger :
Publisher :
Georg Friedrich HaendelMagatagan, Mike (1960 - )
Date :1726
Copyright :Public Domain
George Frideric Handel (1685 – 1759) was a German-born British Baroque composer, famous for his operas, oratorios, anthems and organ concertos. Handel was born in 1685, in a family indifferent to music. He received critical musical training in Halle, Hamburg and Italy before settling in London (1712) and becoming a naturalised British subject in 1727. By then he was strongly influenced by the great composers of the Italian Baroque and the middle-German polyphonic choral tradition.

Scipione was the eighth of the full-length operas Handel composed for the Royal Academy of Music, the London promoters of Italian opera at the King's Theatre. Even for a composer famed for the speed with which he composed, it was written in considerable haste. According to Handel's librettist, Paolo Antonio Rolli, it was composed in only three weeks, with Handel completing the score just ten days before the opening night, March 12, 1726. Handel had good reason to be in such a hurry. It had been his intention to open the season with Alessandro, composed as a showpiece to display the talents of three of the greatest singers of the day, the castrato Senesino, and the rival sopranos, Francesca Cuzzoni and Faustina Bordoni, newly engaged by the Royal Academy. When it became obvious Bordoni would not arrive in England in time, Handel, obviously feeling he needed a new opera with which to open the season, turned to Scipione.

Rolli's text, cast in the usual three acts, is based on an earlier libretto by Antonio Salvi, Publio Cornelio Scipione (1704). In keeping with many of the operas Handel composed during this period, the plot has a historical context, in this instance the capture of the Spanish port of Cartagena by the young Roman general Publius Cornelius Scipio in 209 B.C. The opera opens with the famous March that accompanies Scipio's triumphant entry into the city, but the subsequent plot is centered around his love for Berenice (soprano), a captured princess. Berenice, however is already betrothed to the prince Luceius (a role taken by Senesino in the first performances), who disguises himself as a Roman in a vain attempt to rescue her. After much misunderstanding and imbroglio, Luceius is revealed as Berenice's lover. Scipio, true to the magnanimous character of opera seria heroes, renounces his claim to Berenice. Most commentators agree that Scipione shows signs of the haste with which it was written, the Handel authority Winton Dean suggesting that, with the exception of Floridante of 1721, it is the weakest of all his Royal Academy operas. Nevertheless, it contains some fine music particularly in Act II, where the drama reaches a peak in the confrontation between Scipio and Luceius, and Berenice's avowal of constancy articulated in her aria "Scoglio d'immota fronte." The scoring is lightweight, largely being restricted to strings with a pair of flutes included in one aria and two recorders in another. Although the opera achieved a respectable initial run of 13 performances, it was revived by Handel only once, in 1730, when the composer made extensive alterations.

Although originally written for Brass, Woodwinds & Strings, I created this arrangement for Woodwind Quintet (Flute, Oboe, Bb Clarinet, French Horn & Bassoon).
Source / Web :MuseScore
Sheet central :Scipione (7 sheet music)
Added by magataganm the 2013-06-20


4 comments


By marypercival, at 09:25


Hi Mike,
This is a great arrangement but the bar lines are out from the pause on the first line.
Thanks for posting all your arrangements. I play in a wind quintet where we play just privately for our own fun and improvement and we enjoy trying out new music and new arrangements.
magataganm Owner , 15 Apr 2016 at 11:55
Hello Mary,

Thank you for following! I'm not sure what you mean by "...bar lines are out from the pause...". Can you please explain? Thank you!
marypercival, 17 Apr 2016 at 19:36
The bar before the pause has just 3 beats and the note with the pause on it should really be the 4th beat of that bar. That would mean that the 1st beat of the next bar should really be the 4th beat of that bar, and so on!
magataganm Owner , 17 Apr 2016 at 21:20
Mary, You are so right! I didn't notice that the rests were somehow hidden! Thank you! It should be fixed now.
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By digital_clarinet, at 15:55


HI Mike! Fabulous arrangement. This piece should be in 4/4 starting with a pickup...dotted eighth-sixteenth. I would love to use it for my high school group but the rhythm will need to be updated. If you modified it I will totally have my group do this piece!
magataganm Owner , 21 Jan 2015 at 16:47
You are so right! I will get this corrected as soon as possible and repost the corrected score. Thank you for your help! If you can contact me directly I will be able to reply to your email and let you know when it is updated. Thanks again!
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By aurelien-solor , at 00:00


Good job !
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This sheet music is part of the collection of magataganm :
Flute
flûte
Flute Arrangements
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