Hugo Alfvén (1872-1960)

Fest-Ouverture [Festival Overture] for large military band

opus 26

  • Year of composition: 2 June 1909 according to the autograph
  • Work category: Orchestral works in one movement
  • First performed: 4 June 1909, Djurgården, Stockholm, at the opening of the Stockholm Exhibition of the Swedish Art and Design Industry, the Royal Dalecarlian Regiment Music Corps under the leadership of the composer
  • Arrangement/revision: Revised and rescored by Gunnar Johansson 1974. Arrangement for modern wind band by Finn Rosengren 2015
  • Duration: 8 min

Instrumentation

Alfvén's original orchestration: 3**.0.5**.0 / 4.6**.3.2 / 2 tenori, bombardino / timp, 4 perc
(2 picc, 2 e-flat clar, e-flat corn, b-flat corn)
Gunnar Johansson's arrangement: 3*.2.7***.2 / 4 sax / 4.6*.4*.2 / bar / timp, 2 perc, db
(picc, e-flat clar, alto clar, bass clar, 2 corn, bass tbn)
Finn Rosengren's arrangement: 3**25**2 / 4 sax / 46**3*2 / euphonium / timp, 4 perc, db.
(2 picc, e-flat clar, bass clar, e-flat corn, b-flat corn)

Examples of printed editions

Arrangement by Gunnar Johansson: Edition Suecia, Stockholm 1984.
Original version and arrangement by Finn Rosengren: Edition Levande Musikarv, Stockholm 2015

  • Location autograph: Uppsala Universitetsbibliotek

Examples of recordings

• Naxos, 8.555851, 2002
Göteborgsmusiken, cond. Jerker Johansson, arr. by Finn Rosengren
• BIS-CD-1268, 2004
The Swedish Wind Ensemble, cond. Christian Lindberg, arr. by Anders Högstedt
• Mark Masters 7249-MCD, 2007 (Trittico), arr. by Gunnar Johansson
Rutgers Wind Ensemble, cond. William Berz
• SImax PSC 1308, 2011, arr. by Gunnar Johansson
Norwegian armed forces staff band, cond. Ole Kristain Ruud

Description of work

Andante E-flat major 4/4, Allegro alla breve, Presto


Media files

Edition Swedish Musical Heritage