Casamorata, Armonia di media difficulta

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This Armonia (concert work) of medium difficulty was composed in 1862 for the “School of Wind Instruments of the Royal Institution of Music in Florence.” This Royal Musical Institute was opened for public instruction in 1862 and we may assume this Armonia was composed for this occasion.

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Armo­nia di media difficulta
Con­cert Piece of Medi­um Difficulty

Lui­gi Fer­di­nan­do Casamora­ta (1807–1881)
Mod­ern edi­tion by David Whitwell (1937–)

Date: 1862
Instru­men­ta­tion: Wind Ensemble
Lev­el: 4

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Notes on Luigi Casamorata, Armonia di media difficulta

Lui­gi Fer­di­nan­do Casamora­ta, Dr. of Laws, was a com­pos­er and civic leader in Flo­rence, Italy. Among his com­po­si­tions was one opera, Iginia d’Asti, which was pro­duced in 1837–38 in the Pisa Regio Teatra. He pub­lished a Book on Har­mo­ny in 1876.

This Armo­nia (con­cert work) of medi­um dif­fi­cul­ty was com­posed in 1862 for the “School of Wind Instru­ments of the Roy­al Insti­tu­tion of Music in Flo­rence.” This Roy­al Musi­cal Insti­tute was opened for pub­lic instruc­tion in 1862 and we may assume this Armo­nia was com­posed for this occasion.

The Armo­nia is scored for pairs of flutes, oboes, clar­inets, bas­soons, horns, trum­pets, three trom­bones and oph­i­clei­de. The com­pos­er has writ­ten a note on the bot­tom of the cov­er page of the auto­graph score which states that he would wel­come the addi­tion of a con­tra­bas­soon to the sec­ond bas­soon part. He also sug­gests that any added brass parts should dou­ble the clar­inet parts and sec­ond bas­soon. Fol­low­ing this request, in this edi­tion we have added a sep­a­rate con­tra­bas­soon part. For schools which do not have this instru­ment, we have dou­bled this part in the bass clar­inet and tuba part, divid­ing the music of this part as seemed appro­pri­ate accord­ing to the instru­men­ta­tion and dynam­ics. How­ev­er, in this edi­tion, we have elect­ed not to add addi­tion­al brass play­ers, leav­ing the music in the orig­i­nal for­mat for a small band.

David Whitwell
Austin, 2014