“Overture Romantique” begins with a pounding ostinato of low brass and timpani, which then accompanies a short, dramatic introduction of the thematic material, which then lends itself to an Adagio. The Allegro propels the band into a rousing section of woodwind runs, multiple meter changes and a transitional fanfare. The center section of the piece features an ostinato in 3/2, with alternating sections in 4/2 and 5/2. An appearance by the transitional fanfare is played, and music previously stated returns. One final hearing of the first theme, which leads to a marvelous Eb major chord, features the ostinato and the trombones stating the opening music one more time. One of Smith’s first virtuoso efforts for the concert band.
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