In 1936, Benjamin Britten was asked to provide background music for a film documentary "Men of the Alps." Rather than work from scratch, he chose to orchestrate five pieces by Rossini originally scored for piano. These "Soirées Musicales" (musical evenings) were later turned into a ballet of the same name, and later still joined by arrangements of five more Rossini pieces ("Matinées Musicales" - musical mornings) to form the ballet "Divertimento".
This short march from the suite is fast, bright and simple, and a great encore piece.
An additional five parts are available if you have the players.
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