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Fugal Overture, A

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Gustav Holst

Gustav Holst (arr. Noble)


General Info

Year: 1922 / 2014
Duration: c. 5:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Noble Music Publications
Cost: Score and Parts - $75.00


Instrumentation

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

  • Glockenspiel
  • Tambourine


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Gustav Holst began composition of A Fugal Overture in 1922, completing the full score in January 1923. Despite its name, the overture is not strictly fugal. It belongs to the era of neo-classicism, but apparently by coincidence, for Holst had not yet heard some of the Stravinsky and Hindemith works which set this fashion. The “fugal” subject is full of spiky cross-rhythms – Holst grouped the eighth notes of his 4/4 into a pattern of 3 + 3 + 2, thus giving a bar of three unequal beats, creating an intense and exciting work.

- Program Note by publisher


Commercial Discography

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Audio Links


State Ratings

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Performances

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Works for Winds by this Composer


References

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