Fanfare for Brass and Percussion (2009)
Commissioned by conductor Jason Thorpe Buchanan, Fanfare for Brass and Percussion is a piece full of drama and energy. It begins with a very rhythmic section by the percussion, while the brass accompanies with an almost chaconne-like progression. The brass chorale gradually becomes more prominent and eventually builds up to several semi-climaxes. The first trumpet then introduces the main theme.
The timpani plays a leading role in this piece, especially in transitions and whenever the drama needs to be intensified. The middle section combines fixed rhythmic and melodic materials with aleatoric composition technique. The percussion plays driving ostinati that provide the rhythmic pulse and energy. Like the beginning, the brass chorale grows out of a climax, almost seamlessly. The main theme is once again presented, but with slight variations.
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