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Duke of Marlborough Fanfare,The (arr Ragsdale)

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Percy Aldridge Grainger

Percy Aldridge Grainger (arr. Ragsdale)

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General Info

Year: 1939 / 1995
Duration: c. 2:20
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Aux Arcs Music
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


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Program Notes

Percy Grainger dedicated his Duke of Marlborough Fanfare to two people who greatly influenced his life. One was the great Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg, who recognized Grainger’s talents and enthusiastically supported him; and the other was Miss Lucy E. Broadwood “who first revealed to me the charm of the living English folksong.” Grainger wrote this about the piece:

“My fanfare (written on March 5-6, 1939 at Coral Gables, Florida) is based on the English folksong “The Duke of Marlborough” as collected from the singing of Mr. Henry Burstow (of Horsham, Sussex, England) one of the very finest of all English folksingers. In my setting, the tune is heard twice. The first time, it typifies the memories of long past wars, vague, far off, poetic. The second time it typifies a war in the present, fast-moving, close at hand, debonair, drastic.”

The opening French horn solo is heard again in the French horns in the Lisbon Bay movement of Grainger’s Lincolnshire Posy.

- Program Note from Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music

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  • San Luis Obispo (Calif.) Wind Orchestra (Jennifer Martin, conductor) – March 23, 2019
  • University of Delaware (Newark) Wind Ensemble (Derek Dillman, conductor) – 21 March 2019
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln Symphonic Band (Anthony Falcone, conductor) – 11 October 2016

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