Fanfare for a New Era was originally written for Symphonic Brass and Percussion, and was commissioned to celebrate the Royal Opening of The Stoller Hall at Chethams School of Music in April 2017. That original version has been commercially recorded on the Chandos label (CHAN 20127) by London Brass, conducted by Rumon Gamba. This new version for Brass Band and Percussion was commissioned by Youth Brass 2000.
The Fanfare has been designed to be partly antiphonal, with four separate brass ‘choirs’ initially playing their own music, and so some spatial separation is desirable. Soprano and solo cornets should be placed centrally, standing behind the rest of the band – or in some venues
could even be placed off-stage in a side balcony, but still close to the band. If the Fanfare is played by a contesting size band, one of the solo cornets should play the 1st cornet part together with the usual player ie the number of players on the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd cornet parts should be equal. Otherwise the number of players in each of the two cornet ‘choirs’ is at the discretion of the conductor. The Tubular Bells accompanying the cornets 1-3 group should be placed close to that group. See inside back cover for suggested band formation.
The style of playing should replicate that of symphonic brass, with a minimum of vibrato and with long notes being sustained without decaying.
Commissioned in 2020 by Youth Brass 2000, Fanfare for a New Era was designed to be partly antiphonal – thus the separation of the band into four brass ‘choirs’, each with their own percussion accompaniment. First, soprano and solo cornets, rather like heraldic trumpeters, announce the main idea, majestic in character. Then horns, baritones, and euphoniums, with timpani, enter with stately figurations. Next, the heraldic trumpeters usher in trombones and tubas, to the accompaniment of tom-toms and snare drum, presenting a faster and rhythmic dance-like theme. Finally, the remaining cornets amplify the pealing of bells. All four elements then come together, surrounding the audience with a ‘joyful noise’ of festive brass and percussion.
The original symphonic brass version of this fanfare can be purchased as part of a set of Three Fanfares HERE.
For more information on Edward Gregson’s music please visit the composer’s website: www.edwardgregson.com
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