Favourite Band Overture

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by JohnnyEuph, Oct 23, 2006.

  1. JohnnyEuph

    JohnnyEuph Member

    What is your favourite Band Overture. We are looking to put one into every concert programme from now on. We are already doing Poet and Peasant. So what are the best??

    Suggestions please. - Arranger/Publisher details if poss :biggrin:
  2. tubafran

    tubafran Active Member

    Checking our library we have the following classed as overtures:

    Caliph of Bagdad
    Couronne D'Or, La
    French Comedy
    Light Cavalry
    London River
    Mack and Mabel
    Miniature Overture
    Morning Noon and Night
    Orpheus in the Underworld
    Pique Dame
    Poet and Peasant
    Prince and Peasant
    Rule Britannia
    Salute to Freedom
    Silver Star, The
    Strand on the Green
    William Tell

    take your pick for me the best of that lot would be Candide (Bernstein), Strand on The Green and Tombstone Arizona. The rest always sound very dated but we all have our own opinions.
  3. Ipswich trom

    Ipswich trom Member

    Academic Festival Overture (new arrangement by Howard Lorriman)
    Russlan & Ludmilla (various arrangements)
    Peterloo Overture (Arnold arr. Duncan) This one is different but great fun!
  4. TheMusicMan

    TheMusicMan tMP Founder Staff Member

    Die Felsenmhulle [sp] - otherwise known as Mill on the Cliff. Superb concert overture,
  5. DaveR

    DaveR Active Member

    Don't forget you can buy them from Aldbrickham Music and get 10% off the price that the publisher would charge you! ;)

    I love The Lonely Mill, Abu Hasan (arr. Lorrimer), The Arcadians (which I think has just been republished! :clap:) and the Impressario. Most are quite old-fashioned I suppose, but still well worth playing!
  6. nickjones

    nickjones Active Member

    The Bat ( Die Flierdermaus) - Strauss arr Winter is a brilliant arrangement R.Smith
    Waverley Overture - Arr Howard Snell Studio Music
    Candide - Arr Howard Snell Rakeway / Kirklees
    Bartered Bride - Smetena arr Derek Broadbent Wright and Round
    Peterloo arr Andy Duncan and a grand grand overture ( op57) ( Malcom Arnold) are good new editions

    As Original Overtures for band go....
    Pittsburg Overture - Philip Sparke is pretty special Studio
    London Overture - Philip Sparke R.Smith
    Last edited: Oct 23, 2006
  7. JohnnyEuph

    JohnnyEuph Member

    I've been told that Zampa is a right olde 'pot boiler', anyone played it?
  8. KMJ Recordings

    KMJ Recordings Supporting Member

    Make sure you put in an order for new fingers and tongues though :D
  9. KMJ Recordings

    KMJ Recordings Supporting Member

    Yep - I quite like it but I'm a bit old fashioned. It's on one of Dykes' Classics CDs (an early one with Jim Watson conducting).
  10. Maestro

    Maestro Active Member

    I like any of the ones already mentioned.
    A bit surprised nobody has yet mentioned 'Jubilee Overture'. Got a super recording of GUS playing that.
  11. DaveR

    DaveR Active Member

    Can't believe I forgot this one - Land of the Mountain and the Flood! :clap:
  12. Euphonium Boy Ben

    Euphonium Boy Ben New Member

    I quite like 'Rienzi'. It's got a nice tune etc. I never really like the old stuff, but i do like this!
  13. Brassy Lady

    Brassy Lady Member

    Had forgotten about Jubilee Overture (despite making a CD with it on!). Love it! (Philip Sparke / Studio Music)
  14. JR

    JR Member

    agreed - best performance of this I've ever heard was by Soli Deo Gloria band at the European entertainment contest at Usher Hall Edinburgh 1984
    I also like Tameside Overture and London....
    I would put a vote in for Bruce Broughton's Frontier Overture too

    If I can go a lifetime without programming Poet and Peasant I will....

  15. Mrs Fruity

    Mrs Fruity Member

    Wot no Bronze Horse???? Whyever not, I wonder?????:wink:

    Candide, Pique Dame, Die Felsenmuhle, anything but Le Domino Noir - my favourites
    Caliph of Baghdad (ah the old days in Harton and Westoe Junior Band):)
  16. sop17

    sop17 New Member

    Yes, I really like it! (more exciting than some overtures we play!) We recorded it on our new CD this year. I also noticed it the other day on Fred Dibnah!!
  17. brassneck

    brassneck Active Member

    I have a liking for The Accursed Huntsman (Cesár Frank, arr. Edrich Siebert).
  18. IYOUNG

    IYOUNG Member

    Carnival Overture - Dvorak arr Brand
  19. vcbjet

    vcbjet Member

    Light Cavalry - superb!
  20. KMJ Recordings

    KMJ Recordings Supporting Member

    I've got loads of 'favourites'.

    I like Dvorak's Carnival Overture as mentioned above (incidentally I think it was a R Smith publication?) - but it's rather evil to play, particularly the tongued sextuplets at speed.

    Another Franz von Suppé favourite of mine is Morning, Noon and Night in Vienna - not sure of the arranger (there are a few), but I reckon the best one is where the first solo is given to the euph and not the horn (IIRC it's a viola part in the orchestral score, but I could be wrong) - this arrangement is published by Boosey I think.

    I prefer Peter Parkes' arrangment of Ruslan and Ludmilla....possible Chandos but not sure.

    Benvenuto Cellini....Judges.....I could never play Carnival Romain :D....Force of Destiny....aren't they all Frank Wright?

    I could go on....but I won't ;)

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