Don Giovanni Overture

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Don Giovanni Overture bars 85-99 Don Giovanni Overture bars 85-100 The central section of the Overture (the part commonly known as the 'development section') utilizes both phrases of the theme “in new juxtapositions and new tonalities,” 9 developing it through repetition in a modulating sequence. The stencils will be listed in the My Shapes menu. Every time I open a visio file out of our library, I get anywhere form 5-20 stencils that open with it. Question: How do I prevent all these stencil files from opening all the time. If I want a stencil file open I'll open it myself. I don't want it opening automatically with every visio drawing. Don Giovanni's famous ouverture conducted by James Levine.

Mozart completed Don Giovanni in 1787, and the opera was premiered in Prague on October 29, 1787. Don Giovanni is one of the three operas that resulted from Mozart’s collaboration with the great librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte (the other two operas being Le nozze di Figaro and Cosi fan tutte). Mozart himself called his opera dramma giocosso (literally “merry drama”) and here in the overture we can see how drama and comedy shift as quickly and as unpredictably as only one man – Mozart – could do.

The overture begins with the Commendatore theme. The tragic chords of the very beginning, the following ostinato rhythm, as well as the ascending and descending lines in the first violins and flutes create the impression of something fateful to follow. Contrasting with the general dark mode of the introduction of the overture is the sonata allegro with its typical Mozartean wit and energy.

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The second theme of the sonata allegro deserves special attention: its forte–piano contrast clearly represents the Don Giovanni–Leporello tandem. Originally Mozart designed the overture to lead directly to the music of the first act, showing that the overture is an inseparable part of the entire drama.

It is a well known fact that it took only one day for Mozart to complete the overture to the opera (and that day happened to be the day before the opera’s premiere). After the death of Mozart, Johann Andre adopted the end of the overture for concert performance, and it is Andre’s version that you will hear today.

Overture to Don Giovanni
K. 527
Composed in 1787
By Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

A scene from Hérold's Zampa

Zampa, ou La fiancée de marbre (Zampa, or the Marble Bride) is an opéra comique in three acts by French composer Ferdinand Hérold, with a libretto by Mélesville.

The overture to the opera is one of Hérold's most famous works and is a staple of orchestral repertoire.

Performance history[edit]

Zampa was first performed in Paris on 3 May 1831 at the Opéra-Comique (Salle Ventadour), where it became popular, achieving 500 performances by 1877. In the 20th century however, it faded from the repertoire. It was also popular in Germany and Italy; in the latter the spoken dialogue was replaced by recitatives. It was first performed in the United States on 16 February 1833 at the Théâtre d'Orléans in New Orleans, and in the United Kingdom on 19 April 1833 at the King's Theatre in London.[1] The opera was revived at the Opéra-Comique in March 2008 under William Christie in a production by Macha Makeïeff and Jérôme Deschamps.[2]


Zampa, costume design for Zampa act 3 (1888).
RoleVoice typePremiere Cast,[3] 3 May 1831
(Conductor: Henri Valentino[4])
Zampa, a piratetenorJean Baptiste Marie Chollet
Alphonse de MonzatenorMoreau-Sainti
Camille, Alphonse's fiancéesopranoCasimir


The young Count of Monza, having dissipated the family fortune and seduced then deserted Alice Manfredi, went off to sea to become a pirate. He adopted the name Zampa. Alice Manfredi, roaming in search of her treacherous lover, was taken in and sheltered by Lugano, a wealthy merchant. Alice died shortly thereafter, of a broken heart; and Lugano caused a marble statue of her to be erected in his palace. This statue is venerated by the local people as a saint.

Act 1[edit]

Camille, Lugano's daughter, is preparing to marry Alphonse, the younger son of the Monza family, who has never met his elder brother. Just then, by the sort of coincidence beloved of opera librettists, Zampa arrives on the scene, in disguise. He is thought by everyone to be in prison awaiting execution; but in reality he has escaped, and he has just captured Lugano. Now he has arrived at the palace to demand a ransom for Lugano's release.

Zampa is smitten by Camille's beauty and so, in addition, he demands her for himself as the price for Lugano's life. In order to save her father, Camille is thus forced to break her engagement to Alphonse, who is removed from the scene when he, too, is captured by the pirates. Zampa is then joined by his pirates. They take possession of the palace and order Dandolo, the castle steward, to prepare rooms and bring wine for them all. During the ensuing feast Daniel, Zampa' s first mate, notices the statue of Alice. For a joke, Zampa places a ring on the marble Alice's finger and declares her his fiancée for the night. However, when he tries to remove the ring, the statue's hand closes — to the terror of all except Zampa.

Act 2[edit]

The following day, Zampa is leading Camille to the altar when — on the very threshold of the chapel — the statue of Alice appears and threatens Zampa. Again, Zampa refuses to be alarmed by the statue. Now Camille's companion Ritta comes on the scene; she is perplexed about two things: first, that Camille is, although apparently unwillingly, about to marry a stranger; and second, that neither the bride's father Lugano nor Alphonse is there. Then Ritta spots Daniel, her supposedly dead husband; this places her in a quandary, because the (much more attractive prospect) Dandolo has been courting her.

The comic sub-plot of this trio continues to weave its way through the rest of the story. Alphonse appears, having made good his escape from the pirates, and recognises Zampa as the pirate chief. As he is in the throes of denouncing Zampa to the assembled company, a pardon arrives from the viceroy: Zampa is to be given his freedom on condition that he and his men go to fight the Turks. All this notwithstanding, the ceremony goes ahead: Zampa and the heartbroken Camille are married.

Act 3[edit]

In despair, Alphonse comes at night to bid farewell to the desolate Camille. Alphonse decides to kill Zampa, but he suddenly realizes that Zampa is in fact his long-lost elder brother, and that consequently he is unable to kill him. He leaves Camille' s room.

Zampa and Camille are finally alone together. However, in the final fatal twist of the story, just as Zampa goes to take Camille in his arms, the statue of Alice Manfredi appears again between the couple, and drags Zampa down to hell. (This aspect of the plot is clearly a pastiche of the plot of Mozart's Don Giovanni, and also bears striking similarity to Mérimée's La Vénus d'Ille, written some four years after the first performance of Hérold's opera.)



  1. ^Warrack & West 1992, pp. 775–776.
  2. ^Opéra-Comique, 2008-2009 Season, Zampa ou la Fiancée de MarbreArchived October 5, 2013, at the Wayback Machine, retrieved 2013-10-01
  3. ^Zampa libretto, 1831 at Google Books.
  4. ^Pougin 1880; Chouquet 1889.


Don Giovanni Overture Sheet Music

  • Chouquet, Gustave (1889). 'Valentino, Henri Justin Armand Joseph', vol. 4, p. 214, in A Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 4 volumes. London: Macmillan.
  • The Viking Opera Guide, ed. Amanda Holden with Nicholas Kenyon and Stephen Walsh, Viking (1993) ISBN0-670-81292-7
  • Pougin, Arthur (1880). 'Valentino (Henri-Justin-Joseph)', pp. 597–598, in Biographie universelle des musiciens et Bibliographie générale de la musique par F.-J. Fétis. Supplément et complément, vol. 2. Paris: Firmin-Didot. View at Google Books.
  • The libretto/score of the English version by Jean and Christopher Shaw
  • The Oxford Dictionary of Opera, by John Warrack and Ewan West (1992), pp. 782 ISBN0-19-869164-5

External links[edit]

  • Zampa (including complete full score): Scores at the International Music Score Library Project
  • Zampa Overture - L.J.F. Herold on YouTube - Breckenridge Music Festival Orchestra - Gerhardt Zimmermann
  • Hérold: Zampa - Overture on YouTube - London Symphony Orchestra · Richard Bonynge

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