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John Paul Jones - Symphonic Overture (score)

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Composed by WAGSTAFF, Julian. 21st Century, Post-Romantic, Musicals, Fourth of July, Patriotic. Score. 58 pages. Julian Wagstaff #JJW0004. Published by Julian Wagstaff (S0.27735).

Item Number: S0.27735

The Symphonic Overture (for orchestra) has its roots in Julian Wagstaff's stage musical John Paul Jones, which premiered in Edinburgh, Scotland in 2001 and was revived professionally with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in 2010. Essentially a tragedy of ambition, the musical tells the story of the son of a Scottish gardener who became a hero of the American Revolution as the “father of the American navy”.The work is in three clearly discernible sections: The first interlaces the Scots jig in 6/8 (which opens the musical) with the anthemic 'Freedom Arise' theme in 4/4 (which closes it), by means of metric modulation. The second, slower section is essentially a canon and variation on the 'Home Again' ballad from Act I of the show, while the third and final section is a radical development of the 'Battle of Flamborough Head' sequence from Act I of the musical. For more information visit or

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