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Happy occasion overture

by Miriam Hyde (1957)

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Performance by Richard Mills, West Australian Symphony Orchestra from the CD Swagman's promenade

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Happy Occasion Overture / Miriam Hyde.

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Happy occasion overture : transcribed for pianoforte duet / by Miriam Hyde.

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Kelso overture & works recorded at her 90th birthday concert / Miriam Hyde.

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Swagman's promenade : Australian light classics.

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Works by Clive Douglas, Robert Hughes, Brenton Broadstock, Arthur Benjamin, Miriam Hyde, William Lovelock, Dulcie Holland, James Penberthy and Margaret Sutherland.

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Work Overview

Happy Occasion Overture was conceived in a spirit of recreation and aims at giving all the players a "say", while avoiding unnecessary complexities of technique and ensemble.
It is built on three subjects; the first a spirited call to attention, the second a more expressive oboe phrase, and the third a bolder, striding tune given principally to the strings, in a more serious minor mood. This returns jubilantly, towards the end, in the tonic major, and is rounded-off by a last reference to the rhythmic beat of the opening theme, broadening to the final cadence.

Work Details

Year: 1957

Duration: 5 min.


Performances of this work

21 Sep 2019: at Strathfield Symphony Orchestra (Strathfield Town Hall). Featuring Strathfield Symphony Orchestra.

11 Sep 88: Perth. Featuring Stephen Dorman, Miriam Hyde.

28 Aug 88: Balmain Church, Sydney. Featuring Christine Edwards, Miriam Hyde.

9 Mar 57: Sydney Town Hall. Featuring Australian Youth Orchestra, John Bishop.

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