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Fanfare for a Noble Rebel

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Stephen Gryc

Stephen Gryc

Subtitle: Concerto for Bassoon and Small Wind Orchestra

General Info

Year: 1995
Duration: c. 2:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Stephen Gryc
Cost: Score and Parts (digital) - $20.00


Horns in F I-II-III-IV
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The Fanfare for a Noble Rebel was one of several small pieces composed in 1995 for the 350th anniversary of the founding of the composer's hometown of Farmington, Connecticut. The noble rebel of the work's title is Cinque, leader of the famous slave rebellion on the ship Amistad in 1839. The enslaved Mendi tribesmen, fearing for their lives after a taunt by the ship's cook, killed the cook and the ship's captain and attempted to sail the Amistad back to Africa. The ship was captured off Long Island, and the Mendi men were tried for murder. The case eventually came before the U.S. Supreme Court where former President John Quincy Adams argued that the Mendi were within their rights to rebel to secure their "life, liberty and their pursuit of happiness." The Court decided in favor of the Mendi. After winning their freedom, the Mendi men lived in the town of Farmington for two years before securing their return to Africa.

The fanfare was first performed by members of the Farmington Valley Symphony Orchestra in December of 1995. It is scored for the standard complement of orchestral brass (four horns, three trumpets, three trombones, and tuba) along with timpani, bass drum and suspended cymbal.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • University of New Mexico (Albuquerque) Wind Symphony (Ridge White, conductor) – 12 February 2022
  • Missouri State University (Springfield) Wind Symphony (John Zastoupil, conductor) – 10 February 2019
  • University of Wisconsin La Crosse Wind Ensemble (J. Thomas Seddon, conductor) – 5 May 2013
  • Hartford Symphony Orchestra (Edward Cumming, conductor – 15 March 2007 and 17 March 2007
  • Hartford Symphony Orchestra (Edward Cumming, conductor) – 12 April 2003
  • Hartt Wind Ensemble (University of Hartford) (Eric Rombach-Kendall, conductor) – 18 October 2001
  • Connecticut College Wind Ensemble (New London, Conn.) (Gary Buttery, conductor) – 7 March 2001
  • University of New Mexico Chamber Winds (Eric Rombach-Kendall, conductor) – 19 November 1999
  • Interprovincial Music Camp Faculty (McKellar, Ontario) – 1 September 1999
  • Hartt Brass Choir of the University of Hartford (Ron Borror, conductor) – 25 May 1999
  • Farmington Valley Symphony Orchestra (Farmington, Conn.) (John Eels, conductor) – 1 December 1995
  • University of Hartford Symphony Orchestra – 27 October 1995

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