A Celebration Overture

Nigel Hess (1953)

A Celebration Overture 2015

picc.2.2.2.bcl.2 - 4.3.2.btrbn.1 - timp - perc(2): 2 SD/bongo/susp.cym/glsp/cabasa/mark tree/tgl/bell tree - harp - strings
Duration 
6
Genre 
Publisher 

I was delighted when the RLPO asked me to create a piece to celebrate their 175th anniversary with, as they requested, "some good tunes". I hope A Celebration Overture does just that, with its party atmosphere and exuberant playing in all the orchestral departments. The horn section is the first to introduce the "celebration" tune which is immediately picked up by the rest of the orchestra, and when the percussion join in with bongos and cabasa, the party has definitely started. Woodwind and solo strings introduce another optimistic theme which the brass section try to commandeer as their own before the opening material is revisited. A solo oboe introduces yet another tune - more plaintive and thoughtful - which is picked up by a flute and violin, but it is shortlived as the horns invite us back to the celebrations which gather apace to a breathless finale. Happy Birthday, RLPO!

Nigel Hess

Performances 
22.09.2015, Royal Albert Hall, London: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/Vasily Petrenko
24/25.9.15 Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/Vasily Petrenko
3
Flute
3rd piccolo
2
Oboe
3
Clarinet
3rd bass clarinet
2
Bassoon
4
Horn
3
Trumpet
3
Trombone
3rd bass trombone
1
Tuba
1
Timpani
2
Percussion
2 side drums, bongo, suspended cymbal, glockenspiel, cabasa, mark tree, triangle, bell tree
1
Harp
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