John Ireland, composer
Ray Steadman-Allen, arranger
John Ireland wrote this overture for brass band and this version for
wind band was arranged by Ray Steadman-Allen.
Ireland’s work has been described as "the distillation of the English
spirit" and it follows stylistically in the mold of the late Holst pieces
such as Hammersmith.
Little is known of the Comedy Overture except that Ireland thought
the lightness of the second section of the piece might be thought of as
a prelude to a comedy.
The overture opens with a dark and serious Andante and then turns to the
light or "comedy" theme.