La Gazza Ladra
La gazza ladra (The Thieving Magpie, 1817) is a
melodramma or opera semiseria in two acts by Gioachino Rossini, with a
libretto by Giovanni Gherardini based on La pie voleuse by Théodore
Baudouin d’Aubigny and Louis-Charles Caigniez.
The composer Giaochino Rossini wrote quickly, and La gazza ladra was
no exception. According to legend, before the first performance of the
opera, the producer assured the composition of the overture by locking
Rossini in a room, from the window of which the composer threw out
the sheets of music to the copyists who then wrote the orchestral parts,
to complete the composition of the opera. As such, The Thieving
Magpie is best known for the overture, which is musically notable for its
use of snare drums. The unique inspiration in the melodies is extreme,
famously used to bizarre and dramatic effect in Stanley Kubrick’s A
Clockwork Orange. Premiered at the Heartland Marimba Festival Academy Out West,
Southern Utah University, Cedar City, UT, 2016.
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Xylophone, five marimbas (marimba orchestra), and snare drum