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Poul Ruders

Publisher: Edition Wilhelm Hansen

Light Overture (2006)
Work Notes
Commissioned by the Alabama Symphony Orchestra for Alabama Power Company's 100 Year Anniversary Concert. World premiere on 4 December 2006 by the Alabama Symphony Orchestra at Birmingham, AL conducted by Maestro Justin Brown. Alabama Symphony Orchestra has the full right to present the world premiere.
Wilhelm Hansen
Year Composed
8 Minutes
Programme Note
Poul Ruders Light Overture (2006)
Light Overture, subtitled A symphonic Entertainment is a short piece for symphony orchestra, approximately eight minutes of duration, dedicated to two interpretations of the word light in the English language: ‘light’ as in the absence of darkness, and a piece setting a festive mood, which is often the case with this sort of short ‘concert’ opener’.

It’s not all entirely ‘happy-go-lucky’ though. Once in a while I introduce a slightly darker colour for the sake of variety and contrast, and formally the composition is quite strict: an outright Prelude and Fugue, the former sliding seamlessly into the latter, which juggles not only its own tune, but picks up stuff from the prelude.

Light Overture is composed in five ‘chapters’:
Quick and Light
Stretto (faster).

- Poul Ruders, May 2006

Score preview

  • 03 APR 2008
    Symfonisk Sal, Musikhuset Aarhus
    Aargauer Symphony Orchestra
    Andreas Brantelid; Michel Tabachnik, conductor

    Other Dates:
    4 April - Symfonisk Sal, Musikhuset Aarhus
  • 03 APR 2008
    Århus Symfoniorkester
    Michel Tabachnik, conductor

    Other Dates:
    4 April -
  • 31 JAN 2008
    Radiohusets Koncertsal, København, Denmark
    The Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
    Michael Schoenwandt, conductor
  • 04 DEC 2006
    Light Overture World Premiere
    Birmingham, Alabama, USA
    Justin Brown, conductor

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