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St Mary's Overture

for chamber orchestra

Year:  2007 Instrumentation:  2222; 2200; timp.; strings

Year:  2007
Instrumentation  2222; 2200; timp.; strings

David Hamilton

Composer:   David Hamilton

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Sample Score

Sample: Pages 1-8

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This work was written for the orchestra at St Mary's College in Auckland for a planned overseas tour in 2007. An overture was suggested as the most useful type of piece to add to the orchestra's repertoire.

The piece uses two contrasting ideas. The first idea grows out of the opening fanfare-like gestures and develops into a lyrical flowing melody of short phrases. The second main idea is hinted at in the opening pages, and appears later as the middle section of the work. This is a more march-like idea but with important use of syncopation. After some brief combination of the two ideas, the lyrical melody returns in the third main section of the work, with a final nod in the direction of the march music at the end. Throughout the work, ideas are generally stated in full rather than significantly developed.

The work is scored for standard classical chamber orchestra.

Dedication note

Written for the orchestra of St Mary's College, Auckland for a planned overseas tour in 2007