Festive Overture for Saxophone Ensemble

Dmitri Shostakovich, arr. Eddie Sundra


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2 Soprano Saxophones, 3 Alto Saxophones, 2 Tenor Saxophones and 2 Baritone Saxophones

Dmitri Shostakovich’s Festive Overture is a staple in the orchestral literature, and has since been arranged and rearranged for everything from wind ensemble to brass ensemble and beyond. Written in 1954 in a span of just 3 days, this upbeat, joyous piece was conducted by the composer himself for the Bolshoi Theatre’s 37th anniversary of the 1917 Revolution. It features strong melodic themes, plenty of technical flamboyance, and a thrilling finish, making it a perfect candidate for opening or closing a program.

This arrangement attempts to remain faithful to the original orchestral score. A minimum of two players are required for all Alto and Tenor Saxophone parts. The Sopranino and Bass Saxophone Parts are optional but recommended. Feel free to transpose octaves based on the ensemble’s needs and abilities.

For extra flavor, this arrangement will also work alongside the clarinet choir arrangement, also published via Potenza.

Eddie Sundra currently holds the position of 2nd and Associate Principal Clarinet with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra and has also held positions with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and Lima Symphony in Ohio. In addition to being an active orchestral musician, Eddie has composed and arranged works ranging from solo clarinet and chamber ensemble to electronic music and indie-folk genres. Originally from Philadelphia area, Eddie received degrees in performance and chamber music from the Pennsylvania State University and the University of Michigan.

To learn more about Eddie, check out eddiesundra.com.

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Weight 10 oz


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