Frank Martin: Ouverture en hommage à Mozart

Frank Martin Ouverture en hommage à Mozart
Ouverture en hommage à Mozart

Frank Martin: Ouverture en hommage à Mozart

Year of composition:
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for orchestra
Frank Martin
3 2 2 2 - 2 2 0 0 - timp, str(12 12 8 8 6)
Instrumentation details:
1st flute
2nd flute
1st oboe
2nd oboe
1st clarinet in Bb
2nd clarinet in Bb
1st bassoon
2nd bassoon
1st horn in F
2nd horn in F
1st trumpet in C
2nd trumpet in C
violin I(12)
violin II(12)
Dédiée à Monsieur René Dovaz, Directeur du Studio de Radio-Genève
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Ouverture en hommage à Mozart

Work introduction

This overture was commissioned by Radio Geneva for a joint international broadcast planned for December 1956 to mark the end of the Mozart bicentenary year.

The composer had no intention of making this the occasion for any kind of pastiche of Mozart: instead, he tried to express, in his own musical idiom, his admiration for the master. Hence the title, Overture in Homage to Mozart: tradition might have suggested "The Tomb of Mozart", but that title would have struck too sombre a note. There is, of course, something inherently impossible about any enterprise of this nature – such projects are undertaken only by direct invitation and, as it were, as a matter of obligation. The overture, then, should not be considered in any way presumptuous, but seen as the simple expression of a love and admiration that the passing years can only increase.

From: A propos de… Commentaires de Frank Martin sur ses œuvre

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