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Program Notes

Overture: Comedy

(1934)

John Ireland, composer

Ray Steadman-Allen, arranger

John Ireland wrote this overture for brass band and this version for wind band was arranged by Ray Steadman-Allen. Ireland’s work has been described as "the distillation of the English spirit" and it follows stylistically in the mold of the late Holst pieces such as Hammersmith. Little is known of the Comedy Overture except that Ireland thought the lightness of the second section of the piece might be thought of as a prelude to a comedy. The overture opens with a dark and serious Andante and then turns to the light or "comedy" theme.

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