Alfred, B.16 (Dvořák, Antonín)
Overture in B♭ minor (Dramatische Ouverture), B.16a
|Work Title||Alfred, B.16|
|Year/Date of Composition||1870|
|First Performance||1905-04-1 in Prague (overture)|
1938-12-10 in Olomouc, City Theatre (opera, in Czech translation)
|First Publication||1912 - Berlin: N. Simrock (Overture)|
|Librettist||Karl Theodor Körner|
|Instrumentation||Voices, Mixed chorus? and Orchestra
Wikipedia article (opera)
Wikipedia article (overture)
Sibley only has the overture "Dramatic Overture", B.16a at present. The instrumentation of Alfred (in particular, whether it does have a chorus, which seems likely) has to be guessed; this is not mentioned in the Wikipedia article. The overture, separated from the opera as Dramatic or Tragic Overture (and recorded so), has a separate Wikipedia entry.
Key of ov.: main section begins in B♭ minor (though with a persistent A♭ in the bass, this is fairly clear from the melody- this was Dvořák's most Wagnerian period.) Overture ends in C.