Symphony in D major Opus 12 No.1 (2) Adalbert Gyrowetz
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Overtures and Openings
As a musical form, the French overture first appears in the court ballet and operatic overtures of Jean-Baptiste Lully which he elaborated from a similar, two-section form called Ouverture, found in the French ballets de cour as early as 1640. This French overture consists of a slow introduction followed by a lively movement.