Arranger TATEBE, TOMOHIRO
Composer PARES, GABRIEL
Voicing/Instrument FULL SCORE
Publisher BRAVO MUSIC INC
Pares was an outstanding student at the Conservatoire de Paris, winning first prizes in composition, cornet and harmony. He studied composition with Leo Delibes, and ultimately assumed leadership of Orchestre de la Garde Republicaine in 1893. His tenure there resulted in some 90 original works and 50 arrangements. His Traite d' Instrumentation et d'orchestration a l'Usages des Musique Militaires set a performance standard for French wind orchestra. His skills gave rise to the golden age of Orchestre de la Garde Republicaine, establishing him as the French equivalent of John Philip Sousa.
Richilde Overture is a favorite of Pares' many works. In standard overture style, it is dramatic and strongly romantic. The superbly orchestrated beginning horn statement and successive themes draw toward a profound conclusion. The original instrumentation favored frequent use of the saxophone family, indicative of the Orchestre de la Garde Republicaine, whereby full instrumentation sought an orchestral sound and effect. This arrangement uses contemporary wind orchestra instrumentation to preserve the atmosphere of the original. Performers must focus on quality solo and tutti efforts while pursuing ideal symphonic balance, blend, and tone.