Sheet Music: Overture

TitleOverture
from The Impresario
Alternate titlesOuverture from Der Schauspieldirektor
Opus numberK. 486
ComposerWolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791)
InstrumentationFlute duet
KeyC major
RangeC4–F6
Time signature4/4
Tempo192 BPM
Performance time4:15
Difficulty levelintermediate
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Date added2011-01-31
Last updated2011-01-31
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Monday 31 January 2011

Tune of the Day: The Impresario Overture

by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, arranged for two Flutes

The Impresario (actually, Der Schauspieldirektor) is a comic opera written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in 1786. It was commissioned to the famous Austrian composer by Emperor Joseph II, who wanted to pit a German singspiel against the Italian opera Prima la musica, poi le parole (First the Music, then the Words) by Antonio Salieri.

Cast in one short act, Mozart's opera has just four numbers. The overture, which we present today arranged for flute duet, is similar to the one from The Marriage of Figaro, which was written at the same time and premiered later the same year.

Thanks to Karen for suggesting this piece!