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Poul Ruders : Light Overture

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
Category Orchestra
Year Composed
Duration 8 Minutes
2(pic).2(ca).2.2/4221/2perc/hp/str (min.
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Programme Note

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 compsed in five ‘chapters’: Quick and Light – Sweeping – Swinging – Broad – Stretto (faster).

Poul Ruders
May 2006


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