Anthems, Fanfares, and a Lullaby

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General Info

Year: 2017
Duration: c. 14:45
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Michael Gandolfi
Cost: Score and Parts - Rental


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Program Notes

Anthems, Fanfares, and a Lullaby was commissioned by the Southeastern Conference Band Director’s Association, with Dr. Timothy Rhea, Director of Bands at Texas A&M University, serving as the lead administrator in representing all the bands involved in the commission. As the title suggests, the piece is comprised of three main sections. These are preceded by an introduction that has significance throughout the work.

The term ‘anthem’ serves a dual function: it directly references the veiled allusions to our national anthem, which form the basis of the ‘anthems’ section. It also aptly describes the first portion of the ‘fanfares’ section of the work – a section featuring two common bugle calls. The first bugle call, To the Color, is used to render honors to the nation. It is played by a single bugle when a band is not available to render honors, or when a second anthem (in addition to the national anthem) is required. Therefore, it commands all the courtesies of the national anthem: soldiers in uniform render the hand salute at the first note, hence its dual function as a fanfare and an anthem in this piece. Variations on To the Color follow. The second bugle call, School Call, signals that school is about to begin. It too is followed by a set of elaborate variations. The return of the introductory material then serves as a bridge to the lullaby. A brief coda that alludes to the introduction brings the piece to a close.

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  • University of Florida (Gainesville) Wind Symphony (David Waybright, conductor) – 27 September 2018 *Premiere Performance*

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