Occasional Overture


by Benjamin Britten

Full Orchestra
3(III=picc).2.ca.Ebcl.2.2.cbsn - 4331 - timp -perc(3): SD/TD/susp.cym/BD/cyms/whip/tam-t/tgl/xyl - cel - harp - strings
Commissioned by the BBC for the opening of the Third Programme, 29 September 1946
First Performance
(broadcast) 29.9.46, BBC Third Programme: BBC Symphony Orchestra/Sir Adrian Boult 1st concert perf: 28.4.83, Orchestra Hall, Chicago: Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Raymond Leppard

Score 0-571-50713-1 on sale, parts for hire

Licensing Information

News & Reviews

'Occasional Overture' reviews

'...more and more impressed by its masterly integration, by a fullness of harmony and scoring rare in Briten, by its manifold pro-echoes of his later works-from Gloriana to the Suite on English Folk Tunes, from The Prince of the Pagodas to the Cello Symphony-and by one strange transition the like of which he never attempted elsewhere.' Bayan Northcott, The Sunday Telegraph, 26 February 1984 Read more

Site Search

Newsletter sign-up

Submit your email address here to receive the latest news and special offers from Faber Music

Score Availability

It is possible in certain circumstances to purchase some scores direct from the Hire Library, even if advertised as available only for hire.

Please Contact the Hire Library:
Tel: +44 (0)1279 828907 / 8
Email: hire@fabermusic.com

Take a look

Tom Coult

‘Coult is someone to watch out for.’ Tempo (Paul Conway), April 2014  ...

read more