Derwent overture : a concert overture
by Matthew Dewey (2011)
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"Anything but a frothy opener, this is a substantial piece..... the orchestra relished the rich orchestration."
Excerpt from premiere performance review: "Special Piece Brings out Best in Orchestra" by Peter Donnelly, The Mercury 13/09/2011.
The Derwent Overture is a fantasy, it has no specific program but seeks to paint a trajectory through a series of varied dramatic episodes expanding finally into an optimistic and warm final section, setting the scene for a new adventure full of hope.
The overture is titled in honour of both the orchestra that premieried it and the region of Tasmania where I grew up.
Instrumentation: 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets in B flat, 2 bassoons, 4 horns in F, 2 trumpets, bass trombone, tuba, timpani, percussion (1 player), strings.
Duration: 11 min.
First performance: by Derwent Symphony Orchestra, Daniel Holloway at Derwent Symphony Orchestra: featuring works by Dewey, Elgar and Sibelius (Hobart Town Hall) on 11 Sep 2011
Performances of this work
11 Sep 2011: at Derwent Symphony Orchestra: featuring works by Dewey, Elgar and Sibelius (Hobart Town Hall). Featuring Derwent Symphony Orchestra, Daniel Holloway.
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