Béla Kéler
Lustspiel Overture: for brass quintet

Arranged by Keith Terrett

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Publisher: Cherry Classics Music
Date of Publication: 2010

Score and parts


This ‘Comic Overture’ has become a favorite in the wind band repertoire. Originally for orchestra, the piece is reminiscent of an afternoon at the opera. The somber, melodramatic opening gives way to a light, quick-paced Allegro vivo interrupted occasionally by fortissimo passages.

Articulations, dynamics and tempo markings are clear in this straight-forward arrangement. There are few rests in any of the parts. Extreme dynamic changes between phrases, with few rests, make it important for all of the players to have a solid plan for breathing. This piece is suitable for advanced students in a chamber ensemble program and is a solid piece for a professional ensemble to perform as incidental music.

Reviewer: Sean Reed
Review Published January 31, 2019