Festival Overture for Flutes
composer: Nancy Galbraith (2018)
genre: flute choir
length: 1 movement, 6:45 minutes
orchestration: pic (dbl fl), 5 fl, 2 a-fl in G, 2 bs-fl,
cont-alto fl in G, cont-bs fl, sub-cont fl in G,
dbl-sub-cont fl (opt)
publisher: Subito Music Publishing (ASCAP)
60 Depot Street, Verona, NJ 07044
mail@subitomusic.com • 973-857-3440

world premiere:

9 August 2018
Columbia Flute Choir Sharyn Byer, conductor
National Flute Association Convention
Hyatt Regency • Orlando, Florida

program notes:

"Festival Overture for Flutes" was adapted from Galbraith's "Festival Overture for Cellos" and was premiered in 2018 at the National Flute Association Convention in Orlando, Florida by the Columbia Flute Choir, conducted by Sharyn Byer.

In 2019, Galbraith modified the score to replace the lower flutes (contrabass, subcontrabass, double subcontrabass) with the more standard bass flute. This version was premiered as "Pittsburgh Festival Overture" and premiered by the SRU Honors Flute Ensemble (Slippery Rock University), conducted by Cassandra Eisenreich, at the 2019 PMEA Eastern Division Conference at the David L Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

composer's notes: Festival Overture for Flutes is written in one movement with three distinct sections. Following the lively opening, the first section slips into a groove superimposed with playful melodies. The music then mellows a bit before sliding into the slower, more reflective middle section, which features a lush chorale at its core with plaintive melodies floating above. The final section unfolds into a dancing groove replete with jazzy riffs and choruses flitting overhead.

source: nancygalbraith.com