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This tour de force will be ideal for bands looking for a barnstorming finale to their concert. The ‘Italian’ was really Mendelssohn’s 3rd Symphony at the time it was completed in 1833. The ‘Italian’ is certainly a youthful work, not in its technique, since it shows a perfect mastery of symphonic composition, but in its spirit. He had begun it two years earlier on a visit to Italy, where the vivid sights and sounds had impressed him immensely, just as the visit to Scotland had the year before. The atmosphere of Italy impelled him to translate his impressions into another symphony.


The dazzling finale, the Saltarello, conjures up a picture of Italian peasants dancing frantically in a wild and whirling fashion, not unlike the tarantella.


The arranger writes: ‘It was noted by some players of the day that the orchestral parts were somewhat virtuosic for the time, and this virtuosic style inspired me to arrange this for brass band.'


To view a follow-the-score video of the work featuring the Fairey Band please visit


PDF download includes score and parts.


Sheet music available from:

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Difficulty Level: 1st Section +



Soprano Cornet Eb

Solo Cornet Bb

Repiano Cornet Bb

2nd Cornet Bb

3rd Cornet Bb

Flugel Horn Bb

Solo Horn Eb

1st Horn Eb

2nd Horn Eb

1st Baritone Bb

2nd Baritone Bb

1st Trombone Bb

2nd Trombone Bb

Bass Trombone

Euphonium Bb

Bass Eb

Bass Bb






Saltarello from 'Italian Symphony' (Brass Band) Mendelssohn arr. Phil Lawrence

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