Publisher: Novello & Co
Festival Overture (1965),
Chester Music Ltd
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.