Literature Analyses

Light Cavalry Overture
Written by  Franz von Suppe
Arranged by Mark Williams


Publisher: Alfred Publishing Co.
Year Published: 1993 
Difficulty Level: Publisher rating = 1 1/2

1999 - 2002 Texas PML rating = Grade 2

Reviewed by: Thomas Esperiqueta - Spring 2000
Style/Form: AABBCDEEBBCD - Intro (m.1 - m.10); Theme A (m.11 - m.17); Theme A (m.18 - m.23); 6/8 transition (m.24 - m.25); Theme B (m.26 - m.33); Theme B (m.34 - m.41); Theme C (m.42 - m.49); Theme D with repeat (m.50 - m.58); Theme E (m.59 - m.66); Theme E (m.67 - m.74); D.S. back to Theme B (m.26 - m.33); Theme B (m.34 - m.41); Theme C (m.42 - m.49); Theme D with repeat (m. 50 - m.58); Coda (m.75 - m.81)
Key Signatures:

(concert pitch)

Three flats 
Time Signatures: 4/4 (m.1 - m.23); 6/8 (m.24 - m.58); 4/4 (m.59 - m.74); 6/8 (m.75 - m.81)
Ranges: Woodwinds:
Oboe up to g1 down to e-flat; Bassoon down to GG; Clarinet 1 up to a1 down to G-sharp; Clarinet 2 down to F; Bass Clarinet down to E; Alto Sax 1 up to c2; Alto Sax 2 up to b-flat1 
    F Horn up to d
Rhythms: Winds:
    Level 3
    Level 3
Instrumentation: Flute, Oboe, Bassoon, Clarinet 1, Clarinet 2, Alto Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Alto Sax 1, Alto Sax 2, Tenor Sax, Bari Sax, Trumpet 1, Trumpet 2, Horn in F, Trombone, Baritone, Tuba, Percussion, Timpani and Bells
Percussion: 4 players - Snare Drum, Bass Drum, Crash Cymbals, Timpani (2 drums) and Bells
Conductor Score: Semi score (9 lines)
Length/Timing: 3 minutes and 40 seconds (81 measures)
  • This is an arrangement of a pre-existing orchestral work
  • Begins with trumpet fanfare and answered by entire band
  • Entire band has double dotted rhythms
  • Low Brass has same statement as the trumpets and is cued in both clarinet parts
  • Flute, Oboe, Clarinet and Alto Sax all have sixteenth note rhythms
  • Flute, Oboe and Clarinet 1 have two sixteenth followed by an eighth note rhythms
  • Snare Drum part has a lot of rolls and flams in the 6/8 part
  • Bells and Timpani can be played by one player
  • Piece begins in Maestoso (quarter note = 80) until after 6/8 for Theme E where it is Andantino con moto (quarter note = 68)
  • Contains D.S. al Coda
  • Contains two fermatas within the work to switch styles
  • Has many areas that switch from legato to tongue to accent

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