Elegy on the Death of Garibaldi
Amilcare Ponchielli (1834–1886)
Modern edition by David Whitwell (1937–)
Instrumentation: Concert Band
Ponchielli was a famous nineteenth-century Italian opera composer whose opera, La Gioconda, with its famous “The Dance of the Hours,” is still in the international repertory. He also served as the conductor of the Cremona Civic Band, for whom he composed more than seventy original works and an equal number of transcriptions.
Giuseppe Garibaldi (1807–1882), whose popularity, his skill at rousing the common people, and his military exploits are all credited with making the modern unification of Italy possible. He travelled widely, including a six-month residence in New York City in 1850–1851.