Repertoire Search

Thea Musgrave

Publisher: Novello & Co

Festival Overture (1965)
Chester Music Ltd
Sub Category
Large Orchestra
Year Composed
11 Minutes
Programme Note
Thea Musgrave Festival Overture (1965)
The Festival Overture was written in 1965 in response to a commission from the City of Glasgow on the occasion of the Commonwealth Arts Festival.

The work is festive in the sense of being light-hearted and gay: before settling down to the fast, main tempo (almost a moto perpetuo), a slow introduction presents several contrasting motifs. Most of these return later in various guises and build up in a whirl of sound to the final cadence.

Festival Overture is dedicated to Alexander Gibson, who conducted the first performance with the Scottish National Orchestra on the 18th September 1965.

Thea Musgrave

  • 05 NOV 1998
    Umeå, Sweden
    Umeå Symphony Orchestra
    Roy Goodman, conductor

    Other Dates:
    6 November - Umeå, Sweden
  • 01 MAY 1988
    BBC Studio
    BBC Scottish Symphony Orchesta
    Norman Del Mar, conductor
  • 08 AUG 1985
    Huntsville, Texas, US
    Sam Houston State University Orchestra
    Harold Turbyfill, conductor
  • 21 JAN 1984
    Epsom, London
    Surrey Philharmonic Orchestra
  • 04 DEC 1982
    Memphis, US
    University of Memphis Symphony
    John Bauer, conductor
  • 04 DEC 1977
    Minnesota, US
    Rochester Symphony Orchestra
  • 06 JUL 1971
    Royal Festival Hall, London
    Edo de Waart, conductor
  • 19 JAN 1971
    BBC Radio 3 - Orchestral Concert
    BBC Radio 3
    Bournemouth S.O.
    Edo de Waart, conductor
  • 11 DEC 1970
    Bournemouth, UK
    Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
    Edo de Waart, conductor
  • 11 JUN 1970
    RPO @ RFH
    Royal Festival Hall, London
    Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Edo de Waart, conductor
  • 04 MAY 1969
    BBC Scotland
    Thea Musgrave, conductor
  • 30 NOV 1965
    Young Friends Concert, Glasgow
    Glasgow, Scotland, UK
    Scottish National Orchestra
    Alexander Gibson, conductor
  • 18 SEP 1965
    Festival Overture UK Premiere
    1965 Commonwealth Arts Festival
    Glasgow, Scotland, UK
    Scottish National Orchestra
    Alexander Gibson, conductor

Close X

Newsletter Signup

Please fill in this form to receive regular news

Click here to receive regular news
© Copyright 2014 Music Sales Classical. Part of the Music Sales Group.