Charles Simon Catel, composer
Charles Simon Catel was one of the most important musicians in France during
the eighteenth century.
His treatise on harmony for many years was the accepted text at the Paris
The Overture in C was composed in 1792 for the Band of the National
Guard, with whom Catel maintained a long association.
The piece shows the composer at his best, and the influence of Mozart is
In its elegance and clarity, it is a characteristic of the perfection of the
late eighteenth-century style, and is one of the most delightful of all the
works composed for wind band during this period.
Band Music Notes, Norman Smith and Albert Stoutamire