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Midsummer Fanfare (2004)
For orchestra


First performed July 16, 2004, at the Grant Park Music Festival, by the Grant Park Festival Orchestra, Carlos Kalmar, conductor; Chicago, IL


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Scored for 2 flutes and piccolo, 3 oboes,, 3 clarinets, 3 bassoons, 4 horns, 3 trumpets (optionally in D), 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, percussion (3 players), harp, piano, and strings

Duration  6 minutes




Program note

Midsummer Fanfare, a reworking of an earlier effort, is actually an introduction and a fanfare. The introduction is ethereal and fragmented-sounding, and reveals the notes of the fanfare in a disguised manner. It slowly builds in both tension and texture until, by its end, the sound is wild and frenzied, pulsing with blurring energy. The fanfare that interrupts this climax is bright and clean-sounding, and like most fanfares spotlights the brass. Starting with the French horns, the melody is then heard in the trombones and finally in the high D trumpets. A short recapitulation of the introductory material and the fanfare itself leads to a furious coda that brings this short work to its climax.

                     — John Corigliano

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