Overture to the Imaginary Invalid (from Gazebo Dances, 1972)
Arranged for orchestra by the composer (1974)
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see also: the original Gazebo Dances for piano four-hands, arranged for orchestra, arranged for band, and the Adagio arranged for piano solo

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First performed February 20, 1981, by the Haddonfield Symphony, Arthur Cohn, conductor; Woodbury, NJ

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Scored for 2 flutes (2nd doubling piccolo), 2 oboes, 2 clarinet, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, percussion (3 players), piano, and strings

Duration  4 minutes

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Recordings
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Louisville Orchestra; Lawrence Leighton Smith, conductor First Edition FECD-0032 (2001)

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Program note

Gazebo Dances was originally written as a set of four-hand piano pieces dedicated to certain of my pianist friends. I later arranged the suite for orchestra and for concert band, and it is from the latter version that the title is drawn. The title, Gazebo Dances, was suggested by the pavilions often seen on village greens in towns throughout the countryside, where public band concerts are given on summer evenings. The delights of that sort of entertainment are portrayed in this set of dances, which begins with a Rossini-like Overture, followed by a rather peg-legged Waltz, a long-lined Adagio and a bouncy Tarantella.

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                     — John Corigliano

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