The Pirates of Penzance Overture

Arthur Sullivan
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An exciting, colorful, and challenging version of the Overture to one of W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan’s most popular and enduring works. It’s intended for “advanced” players: If your band can confidently perform Leonard Bernstein's Candide Overture on a concert program, you and your audience will definitely enjoy this arrangement!

The audio clip is a complete concert performance by the Peninsula Symphonic Winds, a community band.

This arrangement has some special instrumental requirements, but cues provide alternatives for all of them: A confident solo oboist (the solo is cued for the alto saxophone). An E-flat clarinet (cued for piccolo). A strong bassoonist – the 1st bassoon part uses tenor clef and goes up to a high B-flat (important bassoon passages are cued in various saxophones; the 2nd bassoon part is easier and entirely in bass clef). Mallet Percussion part requires two players on vibes, xylophone, bells and marimba (the part is "prioritized" to allow performance with one player).

Instrumentation: Piccolo / Flute 1-2 / Oboe 1 (featured solo) / Oboe 2 / E-flat Clarinet / Clarinet 1-2-3 / Alto Clarinet / Bass Clarinet / Bassoon 1 (bass and tenor clefs, up to high B-flat) / Bassoon 2 / Alto Saxophone 1-2 / Tenor Saxophone / Baritone Saxophone / Trumpet 1-2-3 / Horn 1-2-3-4 (4th is optional) / Trombone 1-2-3 (3rd requires F trigger or bass trombone) / Euphonium / Baritone T.C. / Tuba / String Bass / Drums (Snare Drum, Concert Bass Drum, Crash Cymbal) / Mallets (2 players on Vibes, Xylophone, Bells, Marimba; can be performed with 1 player) / Timpani

Score ID
Arthur Sullivan
Year of composition
Year of arrangement
Difficult (Grades 7+)
8 minutes
Concert band / wind band
Classical music

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