Celebratory Overture (2023)

Composed for the Chester County Concert Band

Duration: 3:30

Wind Ensemble

Piccolo (Optional)
Flutes 1, 2
E♭ Clarinet (Optional)
B♭ Clarinets 1, 2, 3
Bass Clarinet
Contrabass Clarinet (Optional)
Alto Saxophone 1, 2
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone

B♭ Trumpets 1, 2, 3
F Horns 1, 2, 3, 4
Trombones 1, 2, 3
String Bass (Optional)
Percussion 1: Vibraphone, Glockenspiel
Percussion 2, 3: Snare, Bass Drum, Crash Cymbals, Brake Drum

“Celebratory Overture” is a concert overture for wind band, inspired by Shostakovich’s “Festive Overture.” The piece explores the form and style of traditional concert overtures in a unique manner. “Celebratory Overture” examines the various aspects of celebration, from the grand fanfare that initiates the festivities to the lively dance interlude at the core. As the piece unfolds, the celebration devolves into chaos before reaching its conclusion. This work seeks to capture the essence of joyous revelry.

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