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Andrew Blair

Andrew Blair

Subtitle: For Wind Ensemble, Minus Brass

The preferred capitalization of the title is anti-Fanfare.

General Info

Year: 2019
Duration: c. 2:55
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: C Alan Publications
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $85.00   |   Score Only (print) - $15.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
Contrabassoon (optional)
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet (optional)
E-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • China Cymbals
  • Concert Toms (4)
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Crotales
  • Glockenspiel
  • Hi-Hat
  • Kick Drum
  • Ride Cymbal
  • Sizzle Cymbal
  • Splash Cymbal
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine, mounted
  • Tam-Tam
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Wind Chimes


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The inspiration for (anti-)Fanfare came during a lesson with Cynthia Johnston Turner where we were studying works for winds and percussion with atypical instrumentation. At the end of the lesson, we concluded that there was a gap in the repertoire for a short, exciting concert opener for woodwinds and percussion. I was particularly inspired by her “commission” that day: “You should write one, you know, an anti-fanfare.”

(anti-)Fanfare opens with a typical fanfare motive, but listeners will notice that the similarities end there. The piece employs the full complement of the woodwind and percussion sections (plus piano) in contrast to centuries of brass/orchestral fanfares. The typical stately cadence has been replaced by a quick ¾ meter, with the language of the piece inspired by the composer’s forays into contemporary jazz fusion and electronica. All of this, while giving the brass a well-deserved break.

The piece was premiered by the University of Georgia Hodgson Wind Ensemble in January 2020, with the composer conducting.

- Program Note by composer

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


State Ratings

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To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Florida State University (Tallahassee) Symphonic Band (David Plack, conductor) - 16 November 2020
  • University of Georgia (Athens) Hodgson Wind Ensemble (Andrew Blair, conductor) – 17 January 2020 *Premiere Performance*

Works for Winds by this Composer


  • Andrew Blair, personal correspondence, January 2020