Dmitri Shostakovich, composer
Dmitri Shostakovich composed Festive Overture in 1954, in a period
between Symphony No. 10 and the Violin Concerto.
Its American premier was given by Maurice Abravanel and the Utah Symphony
Orchestra in 1955.
In 1956, the New York Philharmonic under Dmitri Mitropoulis presented the
overture in Carnegie Hall.
The Russian band version of the overture was released in 1958 and utilized
the standard instrumentation of the Russian Military band, i.e. a complete
orchestra wind, brass and percussion section plus a family of saxhorns.
This transcription has been scored for the instrumentation of the American
symphonic band by Donald Hunsberger.