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Sheet Music: Intermezzo

TitleIntermezzo
from Cavalleria rusticana
Alternate titlesIntermezzo sinfonico
ComposerPietro Mascagni (1863–1945)
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyF major
RangeA4–A6
Time signature3/4
Tempo54 BPM
Performance time2:40
Difficulty levelintermediate
Download printable scorePDF Sheet Music (71 kB) (preview)
Download audio tracksMIDI (1 kB) (change tempo) MP3 (1.9 MB)
Date added2010-03-18
Last updated2010-03-18
CategoriesFilm music, Opera excerpts, Romantic

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Thursday 18 March 2010

Tune of the Day: Intermezzo

from “Cavalleria rusticana” by Pietro Mascagni

Premiered in 1890, Cavalleria rusticana (literally, “Rustic Chivalry”) is undoubtedly the best-known work by Italian composer Pietro Mascagni. This one-act opera is a concise, passionate tale of Sicilian peasants, with lashings of love, jealousy and tragic death.

A powerful orchestral intermezzo, simply known as “Intermezzo sinfonico”, divides the opera into two scenes. This famous Intermezzo recapitulates, in its 48 bars, what has gone before, and foreshadows the tragedy that is impending.

The piece has figured in the soundtrack of several films, most notably in the opening of Raging Bull and in The Godfather Part III, which featured a performance of Mascagni's opera as a key part of the film's climax.