This famous melody was written for the 1880 opening of Mt. Vesuvius'funicular railway, lyrics were by Peppino Turco. Mr. Goto's fantasy commands immediate excitement with unmuffled percussion and bold fanfares that segue into a proper tarantella and trombone soli. Carefully observe relative dynamics throughout the 6/8 section, and give all dotted quarter notes equal treatment. Dynamic contrast is critical to maintaining interest in the returning melodic line. The alto/tenor voiced counter line at G should dominate. Take advantage of the novel woodwinds solis at H emphasizing lower voices. The polyrhythmic feel at J and K is best conducted in one; have all "play to" the melody. Enjoy the romantic potential of section L and do not exceed the indicated tempo. Sections N and O can be decidedly mechanical. Certainly "pull out the stops" at the concluding 6/8, but continue to observe all tempi and dynamics for a most effective finale.
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