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Overture to ' Alfonso and Estrella '
THE OpemAlfonso and Estrella was never played during its composer's lifetime, but he did hear the Overture to it, for, when he was asked to write the music for the play Rosamunde, and was pressed for time, he utilised the Alfonso Overture , instead of writing a new one.
The music pleased very much, though the play was a total failure. In spite of the Overture's success, it was not printed until nearly forty years after his death.
It has first a slowish Introduction, that opens with a motif we hear a good deal later—the challenging loud chord, followed by another an octave lower. This is notable in the First Main Tune ; and the bit of melody which immediately follows these chords is developed into the Second Main Tune. On these ideas the Overture is briskly built up.


Soprano: Dorothy Morris
Soprano: Alice Vaughan
Tenor: Henry Wendon
Tenor: Harry Brindle
Conducted By: B. Walton O'Donnell
Unknown: Alfonso Overture

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