George Walker

An Eastman Overture

     An Eastman Overture was commissioned by the Eastman School of Music, Dr. Robert Freeman, director.  It received its premiere by the Eastman  Philharmonia, David Effron, conductor, in January of 1983 at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.  Subsequently, the orchestra performed it on tour in the Academy of Music in Philadelphia, Carnegie Hall, Heinz Hall and the Eastman Theatre in Rochester.  This work has certain cyclic elements.  The fanfare in the introduction reappears as a trumpet flourish after a slow, static section, and at the end of the overture.  The penultimate section of the work utilizes fragments from the three "B's," Beethoven, Bach and Brahms in that order, with the Brahms' quote being the most audible.  The snippets were taken from the fourth movement of the Beethoven String Quartet, Op. 135, the Bach Organ Prelude in A Minor, and the Brahms Intermezzo in B Flat Minor, Op. 117.