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Symphonic Overture

James Barnes

Symphonic Overture opens with an impressive maestoso brass fanfare. It soon breaks into a smoothly flowing allegro vivo, with subtle punctuations in the brass. After a lyrical slower section, it returns to allegro with a brilliant, brassy finish.

James Barnes (b. 1949) teaches and conducts at the University of Kansas. His numerous works for concert band are extensively per- formed. He has accepted commissions to compose works for all five of the major military bands in Washington, D.C.

Last updated on April 5, 2012 by Palatine Concert Band