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Excelsior Overture

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Heidi Joosten

Heidi Joosten

General Info

Year: 2013
Duration: c. 5:10
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: HRJ Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $25.00   |   Score Only (print) - $5.00


Full Score
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

In the spring of 2013, I was asked by my brother, Dan, to write a piece for the brass quintet he played in at UW-Madison. As the piece framed itself into an overture style, I needed a title. After watching the film, Silver Linings Playbook, I became fascinated with the word “Excelsior”, especially since it was the state motto of New York. A simple Google search of the definition left me with “fine curled wood shavings used especially for packing fragile items.” I found myself laughing for two reasons: 1) The state of New York’s motto is equivalent to packing peanuts or bubble wrap, and 2) the word has great implications but is truly a misnomer. Therefore, with the piece being an overture to nothing in particular but sounding important, the title stuck.

Another search gave me the true meaning, which is “always higher”. It’s funny how Google can be deceptive.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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