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Fanfare for a Joyful Occasion

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William Alwyn

William Alwyn

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Subtitle: For Brass and Percussion

General Info

Year: 1958 / 1964
Duration: c. 3:15
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion (3 players)

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The Fanfare for a Joyful Occasion for Brass and Percussion was completed in London during April 1958. The work was commissioned by The Nottingham Youth Orchestra and first performed by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Stanley Adams at Birmingham Town Hall on 13th November 1964.

Dedicated to the famous British percussionist James Blades (1901-1999) from whom Alwyn sought advice when writing the work, it was originally planned that the latter and his two brothers Tommy and Chris would be the three percussionists required for the performance, but unfortunately James Blades became ill and the performance was cancelled. As the latter was to remark some years later “....this fine work proved no ‘joyful occasion’ for me!” Given the dedication to James Blades the work includes prominent parts for the percussion in particular the vibraphone, marimba and xylophone, and stands as a fitting tribute to this gifted musician.

- Program Note by Andrew Knowles © 2010


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Alwyn, W. [1964]. Fanfare for a Joyful Occasion, for Brass and Percussion [score]. Oxford University Press: [London].