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   Beethoven
       Coriolan Overture Opus 62 (Beethoven) (Overture)

1    Sombre, dramatic introduction on strings


2    Main tune, quaver passage on violins

       Egmont Overture Op 84 (Beethoven) (Overture)

1    A slow and sombre first theme


2    The second theme is a bit livelier, but still fairly dark in mood.

       Fidelio Overture Op 72b (Beethoven) (Overture)

1    Fidelio Overture Op 72b

       Leonora Overture No.3 Op 72a (Beethoven) (Overture)

1    This is the bold principal theme, tutti with plenty of brass.


2    A quieter secondary theme on woodwinds

       Prometheus Overture Op 43 (Beethoven) (Overture)

1    Slow introduction


2    Fast energetic high passage in the dominant key, G.


   Berlioz
       Benvenuto Cellini - Overture (Berlioz) (Overture)

1    Main theme

       Le Corsair - Overture (Berlioz) (Overture)

1    Main theme

       Roman Carnival Overture (Berlioz) (Overture)

1    Roman Carnival Overture


   Brahms
       Academic Festival Overture Op.80 (Brahms) (Overture)

1    Opening theme


2    Wir hatten gebauet ein stattliches Haus (We have built a stately house)


3    Third theme


4    Alles schweige! (Hört, ich sing das Lied der Lieder)


5    Fuchsenritt (Was kommt dort von der Höh') (What comes from afar?)


6    Sixth theme 'Gaudeamus Igitur'

       Tragic Overture (Brahms) (Overture)

1    First theme


   Glinka
       Overture to Russlan and Ludmilla (Glinka) (Overture)

1    Overture to Russlan and Ludmilla Theme 1


2    This is the second theme, unusually, introduced by the bassoons.


   Gomersall
       Aspirations Overture (Gomersall) (Overture)

1    Main theme introduced by the cello

       Miniature Overture (Gomersall) (Overture)

1    First theme on strings, after a dramatic orchestral tutti introduction


2    A majestic tune emerges on violins and horns.


3    A contrasting theme on the horns


4    A brighter tune on a high trumpet


5    A lyrical tune on the first violins

       Overture in E minor (Gomersall) (Overture)

1    First theme, horns play a passage with descending fifths


2    Flutes play this wistful tune


3    Violins introduce this cheerful theme


4    Clarinets play this jolly perpetual motion tune


5    Horns play this haunting theme

       Tranquil Overture (Gomersall) (Overture)

1    Tranquil Overture


   Mendelssohn
       Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage - Overture (Meerstille und gluckliche Fahrt) (Mendelssohn) (Overture)

1    Most recognized theme

       Fingal's Cave Overture "The Hebrides" Op 26 (Mendelssohn) (Overture)

1    First theme - a deep sombre tune on bassoons, violas and cellos.


2    2nd theme on flutes


3    3rd theme, a flowing melody on the cellos.

       Ruy Blas Overture (Mendelssohn) (Overture)

1    First tune, a slow introduction.


2    2nd theme


3    3rd theme


4    4th theme


5    5th theme


   Mozart
       Abduction from the Seraglio - Overture (Mozart) (Overture)

1    First theme


2    Second theme

       Magic Flute Overture (Die Zauberflote) (Mozart) (Overture)

1    Slow but solemly dramatic opening woodwind chords form the introduction.


2    Faster repeating quaver passages on the strings form the main theme of the overture.


   Nicolai
       Merry Wives of Windsor - Overture (Nicolai) (Overture)

1    A slowish introduction by cellos and basses


2    Second theme, a light passage by flutes and violins.


3    Third theme, a rapid passage by the violins.


4    Fourth theme, another memorable tune, played by the violins.


5    Fifth theme, a flittery counter-theme in a distant key, Ab


6    Sixth, an exciting tutti, leading to a development


   Offenbach
       La Vie Parisienne - Overture and entr'acte to Act 5. (Offenbach) (Overture)

1    Entr'Acte V. - Polka or Can-Can theme.


2    Entr'Acte V. - Waltz theme.

       Overture to Orpheus in the Underworld (Offenbach) (Overture)

1    Overture to Orpheus in the Underworld Theme 1


2    Overture to Orpheus in the Underworld Theme 2 (Act 1 Duo)


3    Overture to Orpheus in the Underworld theme 3 Can-Can


4    Middle theme of the Can-Can.


5    Third and best known tune from the Can-Can


   Rossini
       La Gazza Ladra (The Thieving Magpie) - Overture (Rossini) (Overture)

1    First theme


2    Second theme


3    Third theme


4    Fourth theme

       Semiramide Overture (theme) (Rossini) (Overture)

1    Opening theme on the horns.


2    Second theme, rapid repeated note passage on violins


3    Third theme on clarinets

       The Italian Girl in Algiers - Overture to the opera (Rossini) (Overture)

1    First theme


2    Second theme

       William Tell Overture (Rossini) (Overture)

1    William Tell Overture starts in a calm rustic manner, with slow rising minor arpeggio on the strings.


2    The storm scene, spinning strings, with splashes from oboes and flutes, leading to a massive crescendo.


3    Pastoral scene, call to the cows (ranz des vaches). Haunting cor anglais melody, with flute imitations and obligati.


4    The famous 'Cavalry Charge' tune, on strings, trumpets and horns.


   Suppé
       Poet and Peasant Overture (Suppé ) (Overture)

1    Intro fanfare on horns


2    This tune has been copied into several 20th century popular songs.


3    the time changes to a waltzy 3/8 for this breezy tune


   Tchaikovsky
       Festival Overture 1812, Op 49. (1812 Overture) (Tchaikovsky) (Overture)

1    Slow opening theme on strings.


2    Exciting new theme by the brass, with a strong military flavour.


3    Quote from La Marseillaise, the French National Anthem.


4    A quiet lyrical melody soars in the strings


5    The woodwinds play a sadder minor theme.


6    The Tsarist National Anthem of Russia is quoted, in counterpoint with theme 2. (Also in Tchaikovsky's Marche Slave)

       Hamlet Fantasy Overture Op 67 (Tchaikovsky) (Overture)

1    First theme

       Romeo and Juliet - Fantasy Overture (Tchaikovsky) (Overture)

1    First theme played by the strings


2    Dramatic, violent 2nd theme


3    Love theme - This is another of Tchaikovsky's immortal passionate melodies, introduced by the cor anglais..


4    The mood now becomes more peaceful.

       Tempest - Fantasy Overture in F Op 18 (Tchaikovsky) (Overture)

1    After a short chordal intro by woodwinds, strings enter pianissimo


2    French horns enter piano, backed by the continuing string arpeggios.


   Weber
       Overture to Der Freischütz (Weber) (Overture)

1    Sombre and quiet introduction by the strings


2    Beautiful theme by the four french horns


3    Third theme, vivace, played by clarinets, in C minor.


4    Strings and flutes take over, still molto vivace.


5    Clarinets above pulsating strings


6    This fast tutti is probably the most recognizable tune in this overture

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