What are your "favorite Overtures": to operas, plays, musicals, concert, you name it?

To the best of my memory, I don't think a question relating solely to overtures has appeared on this forum recently. So, my question concerns only compositions entitled, "Overtures": not preludes(of any kind), nor "intros", etc.: just "Overtures". They can be to... show more To the best of my memory, I don't think a question relating solely to overtures has appeared on this forum recently.

So, my question concerns only compositions entitled, "Overtures": not preludes(of any kind), nor "intros", etc.: just "Overtures".

They can be to operas, plays, musicals, or just simply "concert" overtures: such as the following, one of my all time favorites conducted by the great Fritz Reiner(in my opinion, one of the five greatest conductors of the 20th century - want name the other 4, here):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60URFkfRv...

(and, a few others)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=05nFGMLb2...

(and yes: surprise, surprise, no Wagner)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSAW-lBG0...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PyKs50V0XXM

Alberich
Update: "Sgt. Himitsu": thanks; but are you mistaken about "Marche Slave"? It's simply a "concert" march I think:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_tb8krRiA...
Update 2: "athiestf": the Offenbach. How emblematic of the time: France, Paris flush with money from her empire: a good time to be had by all.

Figaro overture: my very favorite from all Mozart's operas.
Update 3: "Richard Wagner": heavens, I should think so("...there, think that's enough").

But might I point out, that "Lohengrin" has no "Overture"? The curtain raiser for Act I is always referred to as "Prelude" to "Lohengrin".
Update 4: "MissLimLam": did you receive my email about my "Love-Death" poem; and a most unusual commentary regarding it?

You and "hafwen" must - absolutely must - have "tea and crumpets" sometime, there, down under:
Update 5: "rdenig_m...": why did some composers deem a curtain raiser a "prelude" in one instance, and then an "overture", in another? That to "Tristan" is always referred to as "prelude"; but then, that to "Die Meistersinger" though most often termed an... show more "rdenig_m...": why did some composers deem a curtain raiser a "prelude" in one instance, and then an "overture", in another?

That to "Tristan" is always referred to as "prelude"; but then, that to "Die Meistersinger" though most often termed an "overture", in some cases a "prelude".

Might be a good question for this forum.
Update 6: "Del_icio": thanks for your list of favorites, and explanation that the titles of curtain raisers is more a matter of tradition, than anything else: I'm I paraphrasing correctly? But, it's my understanding that after "Lohengrin", Wagner referred to his musical stage works as... show more "Del_icio": thanks for your list of favorites, and explanation that the titles of curtain raisers is more a matter of tradition, than anything else: I'm I paraphrasing correctly?

But, it's my understanding that after "Lohengrin", Wagner referred to his musical stage works as "music-dramas", and the curtain raisers as "vorspiel"(rough translation = "before piece".

If the above is correct, reasonable, then why is the "vorspiel" to "Die Meistersinger" more often refferred to as "Overture", rather than "vorspiel", or prelude.

Is this just happenstance? Is it not a "music-drama", rather than an opera?

Bottom line: is this just an anomaly of some kind that Wagner simply ignored, or chose to overlook?
Update 7: ------------------------------------------ "hafwen": no(to delete); of course not; I'm often guilty as most are I think, of mis-reading/interpreting a question. To all whose responses I've not commented on, please forgive me; but "running out of steam"(and making all kinds of... show more ----------------------------------------...

"hafwen": no(to delete); of course not; I'm often guilty as most are I think, of mis-reading/interpreting a question.

To all whose responses I've not commented on, please forgive me; but "running out of steam"(and making all kinds of stupid mistakes today).

Alberich
Update 8: "Boy Wonder": are we to assume that you still haven't as yet secured employment; feeling down in the dumps, and resorting to an alcoholic beverage to drown your sorrows?

If so, you have my deepest sympathy. If not so, ---------------------???????
Update 9: ----------------------------------------...
"MissLimLam": No, it was not any that you sent(received your most current inquiry). I've sent you two including the same material. ???????




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