History of Classical Music

Concert Overture

(Romantic 4)
Overtures appeared throughout the Baroque and Classical periods as instrumental introductions to operas in order to set a particular mood or atmosphere. During the Romantic period composers wrote only overtures without writing operas attached to them. These came to be known as Concert overtures.

Concert overtures are also considered to be program music, as they to tell a story. Mendelssohn's Fingal's Cave Overture is an example.

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Sample Works:

MIDI Example Fingal's Cave Overture "Hebrides"


Fingal's Cave Overture "Hebrides", MIDI sequence by Nobuo Sugimura
    from MIDI World

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