A Brass Band Advent Calendar: 3. Festive Overture

Festive, but not that festive, and a great Black Dyke performance

Back in the early 1970s, Queen’s early LPs and singles invited its listeners to pump up the volume with a simple “Play Loud” instruction. There are several brass band pieces which could fall into that category. Take Black Dyke Band’s performance of Festive Overture for example. 

Festive Overture was penned by Dmitri Shostakovich. It was premiered in the Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow in 1954, to celebrate the 37th anniversary of the Russian Revolution (1917). The piece is based on Glinka’s Ruslan and Ludmilla overture. It was also used in the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow.

We could have fobbed you off with any old performance of Shostakovich’s work, but we are not like that on East of the M60. Instead we have shared Black Dyke Band’s 2016 performance at the World Band Festival in Luzern, Switzerland.

Tomorrow’s piece is set to whisk you back to The Greatest Free Show on Earth. Yes we mean Whit Friday, and all will be revealed once the fourth door is opened.

S.V., 03 December 2018.

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