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Overture to Candide

(1957)

Leonard Bernstein, composer

Candide, the comic operetta based on Voltaire’s work, had an unfortunate musical life on Broadway in 1956. However, the Overture to Candide had its premiere by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of the composer in 1957, and has become a favorite in the concert repertoire of both orchestras and bands. The work is very rhythmic, combining the classical and popular style into a clever and modern composition.

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