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Festive Overture, A

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Alfred Reed

Alfred Reed


General Info

Year: 1963
Duration: c. 8:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts - $115.00   |   Score Only - $7.50


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
Eb Clarinet
Bb Clarinet I-II-III
Eb Alto Clarinet
Bb Bass Clarinet
Bb Contra Bass Clarinet
Alto Saxophone I-II
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Cornet(in Bb) I-II
Trumpet (in Bb) I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Baritone(Bass Clef & Treble Clef)
Tuba
String Bass
Timpani
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Snare Drum
  • Cymbals
  • Bells
  • Xylophone
  • Triangle


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

A Festive Overture was commissioned by the Tri-State Festival, held annually under the auspices of the Music Division of Dickinson State College in Dickinson, North Dakota, for performance at the 1963 Festival. The first performance took place on November 2nd, 1963, at the concluding grand concert of the festival, with the Dickinson State College Symphonic Band under the composer's direction.

The score is in traditional overture form, a brilliant opening allegro followed by a reflective, lyrical interlude, and concluding with a return to the first themes and mood. The entire work is built on three motifs, which are heard in the first section, with the middle section developed from one of these, which first appears as the bass line to the main theme. In the course of the work, the full resources of the modern, integrated concert band are called upon, to present these motifs in constantly varied forms and combinations, and in scintillating tone colors.

The wording of the commission presented a basic challenge: that of writing a major work on the highest musical level and yet capable of performance by a good high school band. We believe that this challenge has been met, and are proud to offer this work as a contribution to the modern school and concert band repertoire.

- Notes by the publisher


Commercial Discography


State Ratings

  • Alabama: Band Class AA
  • California: Grade V Class A
  • Florida: FBA Band Grade V
  • Georgia: Georgia Band Grade V
  • Iowa: IHSMA Band Grade IV
  • Indiana: ISSMA Senior Band Group I
  • Louisiana: Band 2011 Grade IV
  • Michigan: Senior High Class B
  • Minnesota: Band Grade II, Category 2
  • North Carolina: Concert Band Grade V
  • South Carolina: Band Grade V
  • Tennessee: Grade V
  • Virginia: Concert Band Grade V


Performances

To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Oklahoma City (Okla.) University Wind Philharmonic (Matthew Mailman, conductor) – 27 February 2020
  • University of North Carolina Ashville Wind Ensemble (Fletcher Peacock, conductor) - 29 April 2018
  • New Orleans (La.) Concert Band (Charles Taylor, conductor) – 15 October 2017
  • Parkland College (Champaign, Ill.) Concert Band (Larry Stoner, conductor) - 10 May 2014
  • Gold Coast Wind Ensemble (Clinton H. Dawley, conductor) - 24 November 2013
  • Carrollton Wind Symphony (Jim Moen, conductor) - 08 Mar 2013


Works for Winds by this Composer

Adaptable Music

  • Come, Sweet Death (Flex instrumentation) (as transcriber; arr. Benson) (1736/1976/2019)
  • Two Bagatelles (Flex instrumentation) (arr. Clark) (1983/1997/2010)


All Wind Works


Resources

  • Reed, A. (1963). A Festive Overture: For Concert Band [score]. Frank Music: New York.