Fanfare Canzonique

From Wind Repertory Project
Brian Balmages

Brian Balmages

General Info

Year: 2003
Duration: c. 3:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: FJH Music Company, Inc
Cost: Score and Parts - $75.00   |   Score - $7.50


Full Score
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone

Antiphonal Choir
B-flat Trumpet
Horn in F


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Written in memory of Gilbert Johnson (1927-2002), this piece seeks to embody some of his most magnificent qualities. His contributions as former principal trumpeter of the Philadelphia Orchestra and professor of trumpet at the University of Miami were legendary. Of all his recordings, two of the most famous are The Antiphonal Music of Gabrieli and Respighi's Pines of Rome.

The opening fanfare becomes the structural canvas on which Gabrieli's Canzona per sonare, No. 2 is painted. This explains the beginning and ending of the work. The middle section is somewhat more elusive. Originally, I fought with this section possibly longer than I have fought with anything in my composing career thus far. It was not until I heard the eulogy at Mr. Johnson's funeral (which made a strong reference to his offstage solo in Pines of Rome) that I was able to understand the need for it to complete this section. There is a strong spiritual climax in the piece as the antiphonal trumpet solo fades, only to be "caught" by the onstage trumpet soloist who is able to complete the phrase.

Ironically, Mr. Johnson himself came up with the idea for this work, and he was to be the conductor of the premiere. In our last conversation, he said, "I know that it's going to be a great piece - I just hope I get a chance to hear it." He passed away before its completion, but this work keeps his memory alive and serves as a tribute to his life.

- Program Note by composer


(Needed - please join the WRP if you can help.)

State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.) Symphonic Band (Imran Amarshi, conductor) - 20 October 2023
  • State University of New York, Potsdam, Potsdam Brass Quintet (Brian K. Doyle, conductor) - 29 March 2023
  • Indiana University (Bloomington) Concert Band Chamber Winds (Jason H. Nam, conductor) – 1 March 2023
  • Baylor University (Waco) Symphonic Band (Craig Adams, conductor) - 10 October 2022
  • West Virginia University (Morgantown) Wind Symphony Brass Choir (Scott Tobias, conductor) - 30 March 2021
  • Texas Christian University (Ft. Worth) Wind Symphony (Bobby Francis, conductor) - 18 March 2021
  • University of British Columbia (Vancouver) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Rob Taylor, conductor) - 26 February 2021
  • Oregon State University (Corvallis) Wind Ensemble Brass and Percussion (Erik Kar Jun, conductor) - 24 October 2020
  • University of California, Los Angeles, Wind Ensemble (Travis J. Cross, conductor) – 26 April 2019
  • College-Conservatory of Music (Cincinnati, Ohio) Wind Ensemble (Thomas Gamboa, conductor) – 28 March 2019
  • Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.) Symphonic Band (Shawn Vondran, conductor) – 7 December 2018
  • James Madison University (Harrisonburg, Va.) Wind Symphony (Stephen Bolstad, conductor) – 26 April 2018
  • University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) Concert Band (Courtney Snyder, conductor) – 16 March 2018
  • Baylor University (Waco, Texas) Wind Ensemble (Eric Wilson, conductor) – 26 October 2017
  • Temple University (Philadelphia, Penn.) Wind Symphony (Patricia Cornett, conductor) – 18 October 2017
  • University of North Carolina, Greensboro, Symphonic Band (Mark Norman, conductor) – 2 October 2017
  • University of Iowa (Iowa City) Chamber Winds (Nolan Hauta, guest conductor) – 3 May 2017
  • Indiana University (Bloomington) Wind Ensemble (Ryan Yahl, conductor) – 2 December 2016
  • University of Missouri, Kansas City, Conservatory Wind Ensemble (Joseph Parisi, conductor) – 30 November 2016
  • Los Angeles Symphonic Winds (Stephen Piazza, conductor) - 26 October 2014

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Works