Edward Gregson, composer
Festivo is one of English composer Edward Gregson’s early
contributions to the symphonic wind band repertoire.
It is cast in rondo form with a longish introduction that announces in
fragmented form some of the main ideas.
The main theme is light-hearted and exuberant, heard first on clarinets but
immediately tossed around the band.
The first episode starts quietly but gradually adds layer upon layer of
The final statement of the rondo tune is heralded by tubular bells and
bell-like chords in the brass, after which a short coda brings the work to
an exciting conclusion.