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Grand Fanfare

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Giancarlo Castro D'Adonna

Giancarlo Castro D'Addona

Subtitle: For Wind Band, Timpani and Percussion

This work bears the designation Opus 7a.

General Info

Year: 2004
Duration: c. 8:30
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Brass ensemble
Publisher: Editions BIM
Cost: Score and Parts - $35.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone I-II
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
String Bass (optional)
Violincello (optional)
Percussion, including:

  • Crash Cymbals
  • Triangle
  • Tubular Bells
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The Grand Fanfare by the Venezualan Giancarlo Castro D'Addona (as a trumpet player himself a child of El Sistema) is not a representative piece chiseled in marble but a highly syncopated "wake-up piece" with a rebellious middle section full of changing meters, an atmospheric hymn and furious close.

- Program Note from liner notes from CD Mambos y Fanfarria!

Grand Fanfare (2004) is an exciting and virtuosic showpiece written for the Venezuelan Brass Ensemble, part of the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela. The piece opens with a fanfare and move quickly to an energetic melody. The middle section is a beautiful melody passing through the tenor saxophones and euphoniums. The piece concludes with a return to the opening melody at a quicker tempo.

- Program Note from University of North Texas Symphony Band concert program, 22 September 2016


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Oregon State University (Corvallis) Wind Ensemble (Erik Kar Jun Leung, conductor) - 15 November 2022
  • State University of New York, Fredonia, Wind Orchestra (Donna Dolson, conductor) - 9 November 2022
  • Appalachian State University (Boone, N.C.) Wind Ensemble (Régulo Stabilito, conductor) - 21 April 2022
  • State University of New York, Fredonia, Wind Symphony (Donna Dolson, conductor) – 3 October 2019
  • Metropolitan Wind Symphony (Lexington, Mass). (Louis J. Buckley, conductor) – 4 March 2018
  • Duke (Durham, N.C.) Wind Symphony (Verena Mösenbichler-Bryant, conductor) – 24 February 2018
  • University of North Texas (Denton) Symphony Band (Dennis W. Fisher, conductor) - 22 September 2016
  • Atlanta (Ga.) Youth Wind Symphony (Scott A. Stewart, conductor) – 17 May 2016
  • University of South Florida (Tampa) Wind Ensemble (John Carmichael, conductor) – 19 February 2016 (CBDNA 2016 Southern Division Conference, Charleston, S.C.)
  • Ohlone Wind Orchestra (Fremont, Calif.) (Tony Clements, conductor) – 14 July 2015 – WASBE Conference, San Jose, Calif.
  • University of North Texas Wind Symphony (Christopher G. White, conductor) - 30 April 2015

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Castro, G. (2004). Grand Fanfare: For Wind Band Timpani and Percussion [score]. Editions BIM: Vuarmarens, Swit.
  • Hauta, Nolan. "Grand Fanfare, Op. 7." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 11, Compiled and edited by Richard Miles, 898-906. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2018.
  • The Horizon Leans Forward…, compiled and edited by Erik Kar Jun Leung, GIA Publications, 2021, p. 306.