Sinfonia per banda “La Corona d’Italia”
Modern edition by David Whitwell (1937–)
Date: c. 1878
Instrumentation: Concert Band
This original symphony for band was dedicated to Umberto I, King of Italy, who reigned from 1878 to 1900. Vitaliti was the “Maestro di musica” in the town of Giarre, Catania, in Italy. There he was an active music teacher and composed two operattas which were performed in Catania (1887) and Naples (1888).
This modern edition is by David Whitwell. The original manuscript was not scored for saxophones, but they are added inconspicuously here in order that those students can experience this unusually fine example of the Italian band repertoire. We have also substituted the oboe for the original Eb flute.