Candide

The Overture

This graph of the Overture to Candide uses the timings from the compact disc of Bernstein's 1989 recording.  It makes the Overture's pattern quite obvious.  With one exception (the first appearance of the "Battle Music"), after the introduction of a new theme, Bernstein returns to the Fanfare and then adds the new theme to each previously introduced theme.  Also note that while the graph doesn't show it, each appearance of the Fanfare is followed by the triplets from "The Best of All Possible Worlds".

0:01 - 0:08 Fanfare        
0:09 - 0:18   Overture Theme      
0:19 - 0:23 Fanfare        
0:24 - 0:41   Overture Theme      
0:42 - 1:05     Battle Music    
1:06 - 1:21   Overture Theme      
1:22 - 2:16       Oh, Happy We  
2:17 - 2:21 Fanfare        
2:22 - 2:38   Overture Theme      
2:39 - 2:52     Battle Music    
2:53 - 3:22       Oh, Happy We  
3:23 - 4:01         Glitter and Be Gay
4:02 - 4:06 Fanfare        
4:07 - 4:12   Overture Theme      
4:13 - 4:18     Battle Music    
4:19 - 4:27       Oh, Happy We  

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Compiled by Michael H. Hutchins