The Overture to The Marriage Of Figaro (K. 492) is presented as a Solo for Flute, Clarinet or Alto Saxophone with a play-a-long Audio CD which also contains SmartMusic SMP Files. This edition of The Overture to The Marriage Of Figaro is ideal for anyone who is studying or listening, to better understand and, in general, enjoy the wonderful music of this outstanding piece! Duet Books and Piano Accompaniment Books are also available.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, composer, violinist and piano virtuoso, was born on January 26,1756 in Salzburg, Austria and died on December 5, 1791 in Vienna, Austria. Mozart’s works are identified by Köchel numbers (pronounced “Kershel”), named for the Austrian musicologist Ludwig Köchel who, in 1862, published a numerical list of Mozart’s works in the order in which they had been written - i.e., K. 1 was the first piece Mozart wrote and K. 626, the last.
The Marriage Of Figaro was composed in Vienna in May 1786 and was the 18th of Mozart’s 22 Operas. It was based on French writer Pierre-Augustin Beaumarchais’s (1732-1799) 2nd play in his Figaro trilogy:
Le Barbier de Séville ou la Précaution Inutile (The Barber of Seville or the Useless Precaution, 1773),
La Folle Journée ou Le Mariage de Figaro (The Mad Day or The Marriage of Figaro, 1778) and
Le Mère Coupable (The Guilty Mother, 1778).
Several other composers used the Figaro trilogy as basis for Operas: Giovanni Paisiello (1740-1816) in 1782; Friedrich Benda (1752-1792) in 1792; Nicolas Isourd (1775-1818) in 1796; and, of course, Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868) in 1816.
In this arrangement, to make for a more “friendly” key, the entire piece has been transposed up a semi tone. The CD contains both Audio and SmartMusic versions. The Clarinet book CD contains versions for both Bb Clarinet and Clarinet in A, for those who want to play the work in the original key.
Solo Books for Bb Clarinet, Flute or Alto Saxophone
- 9”X12” - 8 pages - $14.95
2 Audio Tracks (9:10)
1. - Full Orchestra with Solo Part
2. - Full Orchestra - No Solo Part
1 smp file with Full Orchestra
an active SmartMusic subscription is needed to play smp files
The Clarinet book CD contains versions for both Bb Clarinet and Clarinet in A, for those who want to play the work in the original key.
Duet Book (displaying both the Solo and Duet parts)
for 2 Clarinets, 2 Flutes or 2 Saxophones
- 9”X12” - 12 pages - $14.95
compatible with: any of the Solo Books and any of the Duet Books
Piano Accompaniment Book (with Audio CD)
- 9”X12” - 12 pages - $9.95
Clarinet Solo Book (9”X12” - 8 pages) & CD - $14.95
Flute Solo Book (9”X12” - 8 pages) & CD - $14.95
Alto Saxophone Solo Book (9”X12” - 8 pages) & CD - $14.95