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Overture - Thematic Index. Best Classical Tunes.
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       Coriolan Overture Opus 62 (Beethoven) (Overture)

1    Sombre, dramatic introduction on strings

2    Main tune, quaver passage on violins

       Egmont Overture Op 84 (Beethoven) (Overture)

1    A slow and sombre first theme

2    The second theme is a bit livelier, but still fairly dark in mood.

       Fidelio Overture Op 72b (Beethoven) (Overture)

1    Fidelio Overture Op 72b

       Leonora Overture No.3 Op 72a (Beethoven) (Overture)

1    This is the bold principal theme, tutti with plenty of brass.

2    A quieter secondary theme on woodwinds

       Prometheus Overture Op 43 (Beethoven) (Overture)

1    Slow introduction

2    Fast energetic high passage in the dominant key, G.

       Benvenuto Cellini - Overture (Berlioz) (Overture)

1    Main theme

       Le Corsair - Overture (Berlioz) (Overture)

1    Main theme

       Roman Carnival Overture (Berlioz) (Overture)

1    Roman Carnival Overture

       Academic Festival Overture Op.80 (Brahms) (Overture)

1    Opening theme

2    Wir hatten gebauet ein stattliches Haus (We have built a stately house)

3    Third theme

4    Alles schweige! (Hört, ich sing das Lied der Lieder)

5    Fuchsenritt (Was kommt dort von der Höh') (What comes from afar?)

6    Sixth theme 'Gaudeamus Igitur'

       Tragic Overture (Brahms) (Overture)

1    First theme

       Overture to Russlan and Ludmilla (Glinka) (Overture)

1    Overture to Russlan and Ludmilla Theme 1

2    This is the second theme, unusually, introduced by the bassoons.

       Aspirations Overture (Gomersall) (Overture)

1    Main theme introduced by the cello

       Miniature Overture (Gomersall) (Overture)

1    First theme on strings, after a dramatic orchestral tutti introduction

2    A majestic tune emerges on violins and horns.

3    A contrasting theme on the horns

4    A brighter tune on a high trumpet

5    A lyrical tune on the first violins

       Overture in E minor (Gomersall) (Overture)

1    First theme, horns play a passage with descending fifths

2    Flutes play this wistful tune

3    Violins introduce this cheerful theme

4    Clarinets play this jolly perpetual motion tune

5    Horns play this haunting theme

       Tranquil Overture (Gomersall) (Overture)

1    Tranquil Overture

       Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage - Overture (Meerstille und gluckliche Fahrt) (Mendelssohn) (Overture)

1    Most recognized theme

       Fingal's Cave Overture "The Hebrides" Op 26 (Mendelssohn) (Overture)

1    First theme - a deep sombre tune on bassoons, violas and cellos.

2    2nd theme on flutes

3    3rd theme, a flowing melody on the cellos.

       Ruy Blas Overture (Mendelssohn) (Overture)

1    First tune, a slow introduction.

2    2nd theme

3    3rd theme

4    4th theme

5    5th theme

       Abduction from the Seraglio - Overture (Mozart) (Overture)

1    First theme

2    Second theme

       Magic Flute Overture (Die Zauberflote) (Mozart) (Overture)

1    Slow but solemly dramatic opening woodwind chords form the introduction.

2    Faster repeating quaver passages on the strings form the main theme of the overture.

       Merry Wives of Windsor - Overture (Nicolai) (Overture)

1    A slowish introduction by cellos and basses

2    Second theme, a light passage by flutes and violins.

3    Third theme, a rapid passage by the violins.

4    Fourth theme, another memorable tune, played by the violins.

5    Fifth theme, a flittery counter-theme in a distant key, Ab

6    Sixth, an exciting tutti, leading to a development

       La Vie Parisienne - Overture and entr'acte to Act 5. (Offenbach) (Overture)

1    Entr'Acte V. - Polka or Can-Can theme.

2    Entr'Acte V. - Waltz theme.

       Overture to Orpheus in the Underworld (Offenbach) (Overture)

1    Overture to Orpheus in the Underworld Theme 1

2    Overture to Orpheus in the Underworld Theme 2 (Act 1 Duo)

3    Overture to Orpheus in the Underworld theme 3 Can-Can

4    Middle theme of the Can-Can.

5    Third and best known tune from the Can-Can

       La Gazza Ladra (The Thieving Magpie) - Overture (Rossini) (Overture)

1    First theme

2    Second theme

3    Third theme

4    Fourth theme

       Semiramide Overture (theme) (Rossini) (Overture)

1    Opening theme on the horns.

2    Second theme, rapid repeated note passage on violins

3    Third theme on clarinets

       The Italian Girl in Algiers - Overture to the opera (Rossini) (Overture)

1    First theme

2    Second theme

       William Tell Overture (Rossini) (Overture)

1    William Tell Overture starts in a calm rustic manner, with slow rising minor arpeggio on the strings.

2    The storm scene, spinning strings, with splashes from oboes and flutes, leading to a massive crescendo.

3    Pastoral scene, call to the cows (ranz des vaches). Haunting cor anglais melody, with flute imitations and obligati.

4    The famous 'Cavalry Charge' tune, on strings, trumpets and horns.

       Poet and Peasant Overture (Suppé ) (Overture)

1    Intro fanfare on horns

2    This tune has been copied into several 20th century popular songs.

3    the time changes to a waltzy 3/8 for this breezy tune

       Festival Overture 1812, Op 49. (1812 Overture) (Tchaikovsky) (Overture)

1    Slow opening theme on strings.

2    Exciting new theme by the brass, with a strong military flavour.

3    Quote from La Marseillaise, the French National Anthem.

4    A quiet lyrical melody soars in the strings

5    The woodwinds play a sadder minor theme.

6    The Tsarist National Anthem of Russia is quoted, in counterpoint with theme 2. (Also in Tchaikovsky's Marche Slave)

       Hamlet Fantasy Overture Op 67 (Tchaikovsky) (Overture)

1    First theme

       Romeo and Juliet - Fantasy Overture (Tchaikovsky) (Overture)

1    First theme played by the strings

2    Dramatic, violent 2nd theme

3    Love theme - This is another of Tchaikovsky's immortal passionate melodies, introduced by the cor anglais..

4    The mood now becomes more peaceful.

       Tempest - Fantasy Overture in F Op 18 (Tchaikovsky) (Overture)

1    After a short chordal intro by woodwinds, strings enter pianissimo

2    French horns enter piano, backed by the continuing string arpeggios.

       Overture to Der Freischütz (Weber) (Overture)

1    Sombre and quiet introduction by the strings

2    Beautiful theme by the four french horns

3    Third theme, vivace, played by clarinets, in C minor.

4    Strings and flutes take over, still molto vivace.

5    Clarinets above pulsating strings

6    This fast tutti is probably the most recognizable tune in this overture

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