Robert Rival
Robert Rival
Composition Date: 1997
Duration: 00:04:00
Genre: Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Full Orchestra (20 or more)


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Piccolo
  • 1 x Flute
  • 2 x Oboe
  • 2 x Clarinet
  • 2 x Bassoon
  • 2 x Horn
  • 2 x Trumpet
  • 2 x Trombone
  • 1 x Tuba
  • 1 x Timpani
  • 3 x Percussion
  • 1 x Unspecified bowed strings
Instrumentation Set Number 2:
  • 1 x Full orchestra
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Premiere Information:
Tabaret Hall, University of Ottawa
University of Ottawa Orchestra
Conductor: David Currie


  • Call Number:
  • MI 1100 R616ov
  • Genre:
  • Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Full Orchestra (20 or more)
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • February 21, 2013
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (32 p.) ;
    32 Pages
    Height: 28 cm
    Width: 22 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • I composed this overture, my first work for orchestra, when I was a 21-year-old music student. It was premiered in November 1997 by David Currie and the University of Ottawa Orchestra, an ensemble in which I had formerly played the violin. Currie later performed it with the Ottawa Symphony on two different seasons. After one performance, an audience member told me this boisterous Allegro con spirito reminded her of a busy train station. Another said he imagined walking around a market, its vendors competing for his attention as he passed by their stalls.
    Although I had no program in mind when writing the piece both images strike me as apt. Now strident, now cheerful, now bright and energetic, now dark and powerful, now playful and witty, in four short minutes Overture takes the listener from a biting opening through a whirlwind of change to a triumphant close. —R.R.

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