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Elliott Carter

Publisher: AMP

Holiday Overture (1944)
Associated Music Publishers Inc
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Large Orchestra
Year Composed
10 Minutes
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Elliott Carter Holiday Overture (1944)
A bright and festive concert opener that clearly illustrates the use of syncopated rhythms in its thematic development.

  • Ensemble
    Nashville Symphony Orchestra
    Kenneth Schermerhorn
  • Ensemble
    Odense Symphony
    Bridge Records:
  • Ensemble
    American Composers Orchestra
    Paul Dunkel
    Composers Recordings, Inc. (Cri):
  • 11 DEC 2016
    Waverly, IA
    Wartburg Community Symphony
    Seth Taylor; Dr. Jacob Tews, conductor
  • 24 MAY 2015
    Kansas City, MO
    Kansas City Symphony
    Michael Stern, conductor
  • 17 APR 2015
    West Australian Symphony Orchestra
    Diego Matheuz, conductor

    Other Dates:
    18 April - Australia
  • 24 OCT 2014
    Terre Haute, IN
    Indiana State University Symphony Orchestra
    Erik Rohde, conductor
  • 06 JUN 2014
    Milan, Italy
    Orchestra Teatro La Fenice
    Diego Matheuz, conductor

    Other Dates:
    7 June - Milan, Italy
  • 29 MAY 2014
    City Halls Glasgow, Scotland
    BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
    Ryan Wigglesworth, conductor
  • 14 JUN 2013
    Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico
    Universidad Veracruzana
    Donald Palma, conductor
  • 05 SEP 2012
    St. Louis, MO
    St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
    David Robertson, conductor
  • 25 JUL 2012
    Aspen Festival
    Aspen, CO
    David Robertson, conductor
  • 10 NOV 2011
    Ljubljana, SI, Slovenia
    Slovene Philharmonic Orchestra
    E. Villaume, conductor
  • 25 AUG 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    Los Angeles Philharmonic
    Leonard Slatkin, conductor
  • 01 JUL 2011
    St. Mary's City, MD
    St. Mary's College of Maryland
    Jeffrey Silberschlag, conductor
  • 15 JUN 2011
    Greifswald, Germany
    Philharmonisches Orchester Vorpommern
    Karl Prokopetz, conductor

    Other Dates:
    16,21 June - Stralsund, Germany
  • 21 NOV 2010
    St. Mary’s City, MD
    St. Mary’s College of Maryland
    Jeffrey Silberschlag, conductor
  • 16 JUL 2010
    Castleton, VA
    The Châteauville Foundation
    Lorin Maazel, conductor
  • 23 JAN 2010
    Santa Rosa, CA
    Santa Rosa Symphony
    Jonathan Morton, conductor

    Other Dates:
    24,25 January - Santa Rosa, CA
  • 08 JUN 2009
    BBC Symphony Orchestra
    David Robertson, conductor
  • 21 FEB 2009
    College Park, MD
    University of Maryland Symphony Orchestra
    James Ross, conductor
  • 14 DEC 2008
    Hamburger Symphoniker
    Andrew Grams, conductor

    Other Dates:
    16,15 December - Germany
  • 23 JUL 2008
    Lenox, MA
    Tanglewood Music Center Fellows Orchestra
    Oliver Knussen, conductor
  • 11 APR 2008
    Wilmington, DE
    Delaware Symphony
    David Amado, conductor

    Other Dates:
    12 April - Wilmington, DE
  • 04 APR 2008
    St. Louis, MO
    St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
    David Robertson, conductor
  • 24 FEB 2008
    New York, NY
    Manhattan School of Music
    Philippe Entremont, conductor
  • 09 MAR 2006
    St Paul, MN
    Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
    tbd, conductor
  • 14 JAN 2006
    Get Carter!
    Barbican Hall, London
    BBC Symphony Orchestra
    David Robertson, conductor

For the first installment of its Carter series...Lorin Maazel led the HOLIDAY OVERTURE, as uncharacteristic a score as you will find in the Carter catalog. Long stretches of the HOLIDAY OVERTURE could pass for music of Copland...Yet that's not all there is to this piece... After the jaunty woodwind lines and fold-accented string themes that hold the spotlight for the first half of the work, Carter begins to push against the expectations the music has created. Competing and almost incompatible figures nudge one another with an Ivesian impishness. And in the score's final pages, the pileup of brass and percussion textures gives the music a dark hue and spikiness that - if by no means full-fledged Carter - take the piece a world away from its innocently celebratory opening.
Allan Kozinn, New York Times,01/01/0001
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