Festival Overture

Ferenc Erkel’s Festival Overture, his only work of symphonic proportions, is linked with the anniversary of possibly the most important cultural institution in country, the National Theatre. Erkel had created national opera under its roof, and went on to compose what would become Hungary’s national anthem. Both this and Appeal, the nation’s “second” national anthem, are cited in the Festival Overture, as are scores of themes from other operas.