Festive Overture, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, 2009

Dmitri Dmitrievich Shostakovich (Russian: Дмит...

Here’s a YouTube gem: Festive Overture, written by Dmitri Shostakovich in 3 days! Premiered in 1954. All artists are a mash-up of their influences, and we all steal from each other to make new creations. This piece Shostakovich based on a piece from Glinka 100 years earlier (Russlan and Ludmilla).

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Festive Overture is a common piece in orchestral trumpet auditions, so if you’re into that, get this wonderful piece under your belt.

In the video you’ll see the trumpet players are all playing Monette instruments; two are gold-plated and one is raw brass. There is a small controversy surrounding these instruments. Many love them, but some don’t like Monette instruments at all.

A number of years ago the generous and thoughtful Doug Yeo (Boston Symphony trombonist) gave me some great feedback on my trumpet book, and mentioned that one director wouldn’t even allow the horns on the stage. Monette instruments tend to have a much darker sound that doesn’t have the brilliance many expect from a trumpet. Personally, I love the horns, especially in jazz settings.

Regardless of your opinion about the instruments, this is a stellar performance from the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic orchestra. It’s a small part of their 2009 Nobel Prize concert (video, album). Links to the orchestra here (Google translate here).


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Trumpeters in the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic for this clip (please correct me if I got this wrong…)

Joakim Agnas
Bengt Paulsson
Mikael Nilsson

Other members of the RSP

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