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Comedy Overture

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John Ireland

John Ireland (arr. Ray Steadman-Allen)

General Info

Year: 1934 / 1987
Duration: c. 11:25
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: G & M Brand
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $130.00   |   Score Only (print) - $15.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion I-II, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Originally composed for brass band in 1934, Comedy Overture is, despite its name, a serious piece of writing. The term "overture" does not imply that there is anything else to follow; it is used in the 19th century sense of concert overture (like Mendelssohn's Fingal's Cave - in other words, a miniature tone poem).

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

  • Florida: VI


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Ireland, J.; Steadman-Allen, R. (1987). Overture: Comedy [score]. Wingrave, Bucks, England.
  • Perusal score