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Comedy Overture

original version of the London Overture

The Comedy Overture was completed two years after A Downland Suite, in 1934. Subsequently scored for orchestra it became known to a wider audience as A London Overture. Both share the memorable main subject which Ireland based on the call of a London bus conductor intoning ‘Piccadilly … Piccadilly’. The work shows the robust sense of humour present elsewhere in Ireland’s music, and begins, surprisingly, with a lengthy Andante moderato introduction of somewhat enigmatic, almost mysterious character. The main thrust of the overture is carried forward by the brilliantly scored Allegro moderato brillante which contains well-contrasted Tranquillo sections and ends with a suitably rumbustious Vivace.

from notes by Peter Lamb © 1988


English Music for Brass
CDH55070Archive Service


Track 6 on CDH55070 [11'28] Archive Service

Track-specific metadata for CDH55070 track 6

Recording date
22 September 1987
Recording venue
Recording producer
Charles Hilz
Recording engineer
Tony Faulkner
Hyperion usage
  1. English Music for Brass (CDH55070)
    Disc 1 Track 6
    Release date: May 2002
    Deletion date: August 2010
    Archive Service
  2. English Music for Brass (CDH88013)
    Disc 1 Track 6
    Release date: August 1988
    Deletion date: May 2002
    Superseded by CDH55070
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