John Ireland: A London Overture (1936)
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15. John Ireland: A London Overture (1936)
John Ireland's overture includes a motif that was recognised as representing the cry of a London bus conductor, "'dilly, Piccadilly!" The piece came several years after Ireland’s three 'London Pieces' for piano - 'Chelsea Reach', 'Ragamuffin' and 'Soho forenoons', written between 1917 and 1920 – and Ireland said the overture should be 'regarded as the fourth…in a similar light and unportentous manner.'