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Merry Wives of Windsor - Overture Nicolai Help Opus Details
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The Merry Wives of Windsor (in German: Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor) is an opera in three acts by Otto Nicolai to a German libretto by Salomon Hermann Mosenthal based on the play The Merry Wives of Windsor by William Shakespeare. The plot of the opera is mainly comic, involving the buffoon Falstaff. It also has romantic threads, with love scenes and moonrise scenes. It is a 'singspiel', in which there is no recitative, the dialogue is spoken between the arias.

The overture is full of good tunes, and is often played at concerts. The opera is played frequently in recent times, especially in Germany, mainly because the music is so good.
Category: Overture Orchestra Romantic Period
Time Signature 4 /4 Key Signature   F Major Play MP3 using player below.

1    A slowish introduction by cellos and basses

2    Second theme, a light passage by flutes and violins.

3    Third theme, a rapid passage by the violins.

4    Fourth theme, another memorable tune, played by the violins.

5    Fifth theme, a flittery counter-theme in a distant key, Ab

6    Sixth, an exciting tutti, leading to a development
 No score for this tune is available yet.
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