Il Capitano e Columbina

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About Il Capitano e Columbina

Il Capitano e Columbina (2008) (ca. 7′) is a programmatic tragicomic chamber orchestra work that explores the Commedia dell’Arte archetypes of Il Capitano and Columbina.  The character of Il Capitano is portrayed through three different motifs, including the use of leaping perfect fourths (to evoke his military fantasies), slow descending half steps (his melodrama), and the leap of an octave answered by chromatic triplets (his comic appearance.)  Columbina is portrayed through a sensuous melody based on augmented triads.  In an abstract narrative, we experience Il Capitano’s lust for Columbina, her scorn of him, his sadness and longing for her, and ultimately the recovery of his wounded pride back to his buffoonish and bombastic self.

Instrumentation*
  • Flute and piccolo
  • Oboe
  • Clarinet in Bb
  • Bassoon
  • Trombone
  • 1 Percussion (suspended triangle, timpani, tam tam, snare drum, wood or temple blocks, gran casa, suspended cymbal, kick drum, vibraphone, bongos, and vibraslap)
  • 2 Violins
  • Viola
  • Violoncello
  • Double bass

* There is an alternate scoring that replaces the trombone and percussion with french horn and piano.  Please inquire for further details.

The score and parts for Il Capitano e Columbina are published by Glenlake Press.  To purchase, please visit our online store.

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