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.