'Colchester' Overture, Op. 10

Concert Overture in C major for Orchestra

Dylan Christopher
Year of composition
Difficult (Grades 7+)
7 minutes
Classical music

Overture for symphony orchestra.

(Forces: ww[], br[], timp, perc[5], str[])

This orchestral work was written to honour Colchester, “Britain’s oldest town”.

I moved to Colchester to study at Colchester Institute in 2007, as a student; the completion of this piece in 2017 marked ten years living in this town full of history and culture.

The writing of this piece of music started in September 2012, incidentally five years after moving to the town, and two years after graduating, my undergraduate studies. However, it was not completed due to a compositional hiatus, prompted by a large increase in private teaching work, and solo piano study and other performance opportunities.

Work resumed in September 2017, after prolific compositional activity, largely due to words of encouragement from Dr Mark Bellis, the dedicatee, and compositional mentor while studying at Colchester Institute.

In a single movement, the music follows a ternary structure following an unrepeated, extended, sonata form and related modulations. Optimistic from the outset, the music is in C major, featuring the rising motive heard in the opening bars throughout the music. The use of percussion is symbolic of Colchester’s status as a Garrison town; specifically, the ostinato rhythm of the snare drum implying a march.

Copyright © 2017 Dylan Christopher, all rights reserved.

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