Overture to La Forza del Destino
Composed by Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)
For Woodwind Quintet
Arranged by Joachim Linckelmann
Published by Barenreiter
Flute, Oboe, Clarinet in A, Horn in E, and Bassoon
La opera La forza del destino (The Power of Destiny) by Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901) was finished in 1862. A work of the composer's late period, it represents a transitional stage in Verdi's stylistic development, combining traditional elements with portents of the future.
Motivated by a commission from the Imperial Opera in St. Petersburg – and probably also by the urge to write a truly successful opera – Verdi applied all the expressive means at his disposal.
The result is a work rich in contrasts. Tragedy and comedy, grand outbursts of passion, multicolored tableaux, merry camp scenes: all unite with the gloomy plot to produce a work of enormous explosive force. The same range and variety are found in compressed form in the overture, ensuring a maximum amount of pleasure for performers.
— Joachim Linckelmann
(Translated by J. Bradford Robinson)