Aegean Festival Overture (1970)
ANDREAS MAKRIS (arr. Major Albert Bader)
This piece was written in 1967 as an orchestral overture for the Washington National Symphony and was premiered by that group under Howard Mitchell a year later at Constitution Hall. Its immediate success then and on tour occasioned the collaboration between Makris and Albert Bader of the U.S. Air Force Band to arrange the overture as a concert piece for band. From its first hammering dotted eighth rhythms, Aegean Festival Overture reflects the Greek origins of its composer, who was born in Salonika, a colorful Aegean seaport. The driving energy of the fast section with its restless 5’s and 7’s and the lyric plaintiveness of the contrasting middle section, all molded into a symphonic form, epitomize the musical style of Makris Ñ a blend of classic form and Greek folkloristic elements.
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