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Fanfare for a Festival

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Malcolm Arnold

Malcolm Arnold (arr. Michael McDermott)

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General Info

Year: 1955 / 1986 / 2000
Duration: c. 2:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestral winds
Publisher: Studio Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) – £64.95


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The work has no opus number but was written between his famous Tam O'Shanter Overture for orchestra (opus 51) and his John Clare Cantata (opus 52) and completed in April 1955. Originally scored for 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 1 cornet, 3 trombones, timpani and 3 percussion, this new version for concert band by Michael McDermott was made in celebration of Malcolm Arnold's 80th birthday.

- Program Note from publisher


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Texas A&M University (College Station) Symphonic Winds (Travis Almany, conductor; Boston Brass) – 23 February 2018

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Arnold, M.; McDermott, M. (2000). Fanfare for a Festival [score]. Studio Music: London.