Although sub-titled "Overture to a Romantic Comedy," this piece is not based on any program or conceived in terms of any specific play, story or film. It is a traditional three-part overture, with a warm, lyrical middle section set off by brilliant opening and closing themes that are constantly developed, using all the resources of the modern wind ensemble. It was written for the Western Illinois Symphonic Wind ensemble and first performed in 1973. American composer and Juilliard graduate Dr. Alfred Reed has had an enormous impact on band repertoire, having composed more than 250 symphonies and other works for band. Retired from the University of Miami in 1993, he continues to compose and guest conduct all over the world. --James Huff 17:44, March 27, 2007 (EDT) (from the program notes of The Claremont Winds, submitted with permission)