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Roy Harris

Publisher: AMP

When Johnny Comes Marching Home, Overture (1935)
Associated Music Publishers Inc
Sub Category
Large Orchestra
Year Composed
8 Minutes
Programme Note
Roy Harris When Johnny Comes Marching Home, Overture (1935)
Roberts Wesleyan College Brass Ensemble
Roberts Wesleyan College Chorale

The familiar Civil War tune is here transformed and expanded in an endlessly inventive symphonic essay that tosses the famous melody around the orchestra with joyful aplomb. Harris's Overture was first performed by Eugene Ormandy conducting the Minneapolis Symphony in 1935. From the giddy, strangely foreboding highs of its opening to the more melancholy interpretations by horns and double reeds, Harris incorporates the familiar melody into music that explores a variety of moods and orchestral textures.

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