Festive Overture, Opus 96
Alto Sax, Tenor Sax, Baritone Sax, Soprano Sax, Woodwind Choir or Ensemble, Sopranino, 2 sopranos, 3 altos, 3 tenors, 2 baritones, 1 bass sax - Advanced - Digital Download
Arranged by Carl Raven. Score, Set of Parts. 87 pages. Published by Raven Publications (H0.515139-SC001294335).
Item Number: H0.515139-SC001294335
Dmitri Shostakovich’s five-minute Festive Overture in A major, Op. 96, was written in 1947 to mark the 30th anniversary of the October Revolution. It was not performed however until the 37th anniversary, when Alexander Melik-Pashayev conducted it during a Nov. 6, 1954, concert in Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre.
The Bolshoi's conductor, Vassili Nebolsin,* found himself without a suitable new work to open the concert, and contacted Shostakovich just days before. The composer set to work* on the overture with great speed, completing it in three days. He apparently based it on Glinka's Ruslan and Ludmilla overture (1842), and it features the same lively tempo and style of melody. Whilst the style reflects Shostakovich, the piece as a whole uses very conventional classical devices of form and harmony.
Arranged for saxophone choir
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