From Wind Repertory Project
Dan Welcher

Dan Welcher (arr. Paul Bissell)

Subtitle: A Festive Overture for Wind Ensemble

General Info

Year: 1998 / 1999 / 2009
Duration: c. 7:05
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Theodore Presser Company
Cost: Score and Parts - Rental   |   Score Only (print) - $70.95


  • C Full Score
  • C Piccolo
  • Flute I-II
  • Oboe I-II
  • English Horn
  • Bassoon I-II
  • Contrabassoon
  • E-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
  • B-flat Bass Clarinet
  • B-flat Soprano Saxophone
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone
  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone
  • E-flat Baritone Saxophone
  • B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV
  • Horn in F I-II-III-IV
  • Trombone I-II-III
  • Bass Trombone
  • Euphonium
  • Tuba
  • String Bass
  • Piano
  • Timpani
  • Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:
*Bass Drum
*Sizzle Cymbal
*Snare Drum
*Suspended Cymbal
*Temple Block


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Like the Italian sparkling wine for which it is named, this overture is designed for a celebration. It celebrates the opening of the 1998 season of the Boston Pops, which commissioned the work, and it also celebrates my own fiftieth year of my life with a nostalgic look backward at a style of composition that was popular in the 40’s and 50’s. Beginning with a pop and a burst of bubbles, the overture follows a course familiar to most concertgoers: two main themes, a development, and a restatement of both themes. What’s a bit unusual is that the second theme is the same as the first theme, only inside out, with a different rhythm and meter. This technique, called inversion, is as old as Bach, and was used extensively by Brahms and other late Romantics. But the style of Spumante pays homage to the kind of music that first caught my attention as a child: the neoclassic music of the American 40’s and 50’s, by composers such as William Schuman, Vincent Persichetti, Samuel Barber, and Walter Piston. This music is the true celebration of Spumante.

Spumante was commissioned by the Boston Pops and its conductor Keith Lockhart, and premiered in Symphony Hall, Boston, in May of 1998. My good friend and former student Paul Bissell created this transcription in 1999 and it was premiered by the Dallas Wind Symphony in January of 2000, conducted by Kevin Sedatole.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Dan Welcher website
  • Welcher, D. (2009). Spumante : A Festive Overture for Large Wind Ensemble [score]. Theodore Presser: [King of Prussia, Penn.].