FANFARE FOR ORCHESTRA
Fanfare is a brief orchestral work in one movement. The piece was conceived as a heroic overture. Structurally, Fanfare is in ternary form with coda. After an opening flourish, the violins present a soaring melody which climaxes in pounding brass chords. The middle section is developmental and contrapuntal in character. It strives toward a sustained cadential sonority punctuated by strident accents in the brass and percussion. An extended recapitulation of the opening flourish leads to a point of culmination: a sustained fortississimo tutti chord, which cuts off abruptly. In the following coda (scored mainly for strings) the momentum slows down and the energy of the previous measures gradually dissipates. In terms of pitch material, Fanfare is based on a synthetic pentatonic scale that controls both the harmonic and the melodic pitch material. This five-note set is constantly transposed in a cycle of thirds to create a perpetual sense of modulation and forward momentum.
School:University of Cincinnati
School Location:USA - Ohio
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:concern overtune heroic character ternary form with coda
Date of Publication:01/01/2001