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Happy occasion overture : for orchestra

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


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Happy Occasion Overture / Miriam Hyde.

Library shelf no. 784.2192/HYD 1 [Not for loan]

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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

Instrumentation: 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, percussion, strings.

Duration: 5 min.

Difficulty: Medium

Written for: Australian Youth Orchestra

First performance: by Australian Youth Orchestra, John Bishop — 9 Mar 57. Sydney Town Hall


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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