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     Festival Overture (Festspel)

    (Hugo Emil Alfven)


    With its real name of Festspel, this overture was a commission for the opening of Stockholm's Royal Dramatic Theatre in 1908.  He had initially found it hard to find an inspiration for the peace until there was a visit from the poet Verner von Heidenstam where they discussed what it was like in the time of Charles XII.  This immediately brought to mind thoughts of a polonaise rhythm and fanfares and in the end it was written in a day.  It opens with a series of fanfares, moves into a lyrical piece and closes with a triumphant "march".  The celebratory piece is now often used for Swedish official occasions.


    Royal Scottish National Orchestra recordings

    Naxos 8.553962 (CD: Hugo Alfven: Symphony No. 1/Festival Overture/Uppsala Rhapsody/The Mountain King)

    Conductor - Niklas Willen



    1. http://www.naxos.com/catalogue/item.asp?item_code=8.553962#
    2. http://inkpot.com/classical/alfvenorch1.html















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