Munchs, Ouverture a Grande Harmonie

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This Munchs composition is stylistically appropriate for solo players and would make a fine companion work for the well-known Gounod Petite Symphonie.

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Ouver­ture a Grande Harmonie
Con­rad Munchs
Mod­ern edi­tion by David Whitwell (1937–)

Date: 1823
Instru­men­ta­tion: Wind Ensem­ble (fl, ob 1.2, cl 1.2, bsn 1.2, hn 1.2, tpt, tbn 1.2, cbs)
Dura­tion: 16:40
Lev­el: 4

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All that is known of Con­rad Munchs is that he was the assis­tant direc­tor of the band of the 6th reg­i­ment of Roy­al Swiss Guard. He and Friederich Berr (Con­duc­tor of the band of the 2nd reg­i­ment of the Roy­al Swiss Guard), Cheva­lier Louis (con­duc­tor of the band of the 1st reg­i­ment of the Roy­al Guard) and François Mar­chal (con­duc­tor of the band of the 20th Legion) joined in cre­at­ing a Jour­nal dHar­monie pub­lished in 1821–1823 ded­i­cat­ed to band compositions.

Louis, in 1803, arranged Lesuer’s Marche seraphique for the coro­na­tion of Napoleon at Rheims and arranged the over­ture of Adam’s opera Le Brass­er de Pre­ston for a large band. The fact that Louis also com­posed an orig­i­nal Grand Har­monie Ouver­ture, in five move­ments, for the same instru­men­ta­tion of the Munchs Ouver­ture sug­gests that these four con­duc­tors may have cre­at­ed a reper­toire of seri­ous com­po­si­tions dur­ing the years imme­di­ate­ly after Napoleon.

The title, “Ouver­ture” is used in the Baroque tra­di­tion and might bet­ter be re- placed today with the title “Diver­ti­men­to.” This Munchs com­po­si­tion seems to me styl­is­ti­cal­ly appro­pri­ate for solo play­ers and would make a fine com­pan­ion work for the well-known Goun­od Petite Sym­phonie.