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Sokol Fanfare

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Leoš Janáček

Leoš Janáček


Subtitle: 1st Movement from Sinfonietta


General Info

Year: 1926 / 1975
Duration: c. 3:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Universal Edition
Cost: Score and Parts - $32.95


Instrumentation

Full Score
B-flat Trumpet (9)
Bass Trumpet (2)
Tuba I-II
Timpani


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

The Sokol Fanfare was originally one of several fanfares that Janáček composed for a Sokol Slet (Falcon Festival), a gymnastic event in Prague. Founded in Prague in 1862 and still active today, the Sokol movement is an all-age gymnastics organization based upon the principle of “a strong mind in a sound body.” The movement spread across Eastern Europe and beyond, and influenced organizations such as the Boy Scouts.

Composed for brass and percussion in 1926, Sokol Fanfare later became the opening movement of Janáček’s Sinfoniett for full orchestra. With broad sonorities and pounding rhythms, it evokes the sight of a falcon soaring over rugged landscape below, symbolizing the Sokol ideal of staying above politics.

Program Note by Matt Sadowski for the University of Georgia Hodgson Wind Ensemble concert program, 15 November 2016


Media


State Ratings

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Performances

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Works for Winds by This Composer


Resources

  • Janáček, L. (1975). Sokol Fanfare : 1926 : First Movement from Sinfonietta for Brass Ensemble [score]. Universal Edition: [Wien].