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Today's Pick Up : Al Duca della Vittoria (To the Duke of Victory) (for Wind Band) / Cosimo Bombardieri

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Al Duca della Vittoria (To the Duke of Victory) / Cosimo Bombardieri [Concert Band]

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Program notes :

This work is a musical depiction of World War I. The first part describes the chaos and violence of the battlefield. The second part depicts the Allied victory and the end of the war. The third part describes the peace and hope that followed the war.
The work is divided into three parts: A-B-A1

A) The first part:
Alla carica q=140
Trumpet calls and drum rolls characterize a battlefield. Different opening themes of military music popular in the years of World War I alternate, becoming the unifying idea of the entire piece. All this with a bustling background, an orchestral texture, that colors this episode.

Allegro non assai q=127 (enemy front)
A theme in stark contrast to the character stated previously, the national anthem of the Austro-Hungarian Empire composed by Joseph Haydn in 1797.

B) The second part:
Allegro con spirito q=132
The elements presented previously are developed under a scalar texture that passes between the different families of instruments.

Solenne q=78
The musical discourse stops for a brief moment, the surrender of the Austro-Hungarian Empire decrees the end of the war.

A1) The third part:
Marziale q=120
The emblematic theme of the 'Legend of the Piave' becomes the predominant element of the conclusion of the war, the canon (the soldiers) who intone the unifying song in the different voices, small trumpet calls remember the past, the bustling texture that had previously characterized a war zone, now lends itself to easing the tension that leads us to the end of the war.ale symbol of the god Mars connected to war and the strength of physical prowess.

(Cosimo Bombardieri)

Although this work depicts war, it does not glorify war itself, and I think the theme it conveys is “peace". In these times of war, I hope that this work will encourage people to think about what war is and what victory means.

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