Sheet Music: Overture

from Orpheus in the Underworld
ComposerCarl Binder (1816–1860)
Also attributed toJacques Offenbach (1819–1880)
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyG major
Time signature4/4
Tempo152 BPM
Performance time1:50
Difficulty levelintermediate
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Date added2011-07-08
Last updated2011-07-08
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Friday 8 July 2011

Tune of the Day: Overture to Orphée aux Enfers

by Carl Binder

Jacques Offenbach's famous opera Orphée aux enfers (Orpheus in the Underworld) was first performed in Paris in 1858. It was not until the Vienna production of 1860, however, that Austrian operetta composer Carl Binder provided an overture to it. This overture, beginning with a bristling fanfare followed by a clarinet solo and by a tender love song played by the oboe, has become the standard, and famous, overture to Offenbach's work.

Thanks to Howard for suggesting this piece!

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