Daniel François Esprit Auber: Le Serment, ou Les Faux Monnayeurs – Overture (NXP147)
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Instrumentation: 1+188.8.131.52 - 184.108.40.206(oph) - timp - perc - strings
Edited by Dario Salvi
Daniel François Esprit Auber is, together with Jacques Offenbach, the main exponent of French Comic Opera.
With more than 40 operas at his name, his contribution to the genre is unique. This collection of scores includes some of his early works – for the first time available to the public.
The overtures from his operas are in truncated sonata form: Introduction, Exposition, Recapitulation/Sequence, Coda. The style is always light without any excess of emotion and full of Parisian elegance.
The plot of Le Serment, ou Les Faux Monnayeurs , set in Toulon in 1800, involves Captain John, a brigand chief and counterfeiter, betrothed to Marie, the innkeeper Andiol’s daughter. She eventually marries her true love Edmond, a farmer who becomes the hero of the Battle of Marengo. The Overture of Le Serment establishes three distinct thematic worlds: pastoral, counterfeit and military.