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Ethan Wickman

Ethan Wickman

Subtitle: A Fanfare for Wind Symphony

General Info

Year: 2009
Duration: c. 6:00
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Ethan Wickman
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $135.00   |   Score Only (print) - $35.00


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Bell Tree
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Crotales
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba
  • Slapstick
  • Suspended Cymbals, small, medium & large
  • Tam-Tam, large
  • Tom-Toms (3)
  • Triangle, small
  • Vibraphone
  • Wind Chimes
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

While a Fulbright fellow in Madrid, Spain, I spent some time at the Real Conservatorio Superior de Música in Madrid studying music by Spanish composers of the twentieth century. I recall a work I studied by Manuel de Falla that began with brass and timpani, in a fanfare reminiscent of the kind played at the beginning of a bullfight, as the impassioned animal bounds into the bullring. That fanfare is where Corrida! begins.

While the work, at least initially, draws upon the music of bullfighting, it also embodies my admiration of the orchestral overtures of Hector Berlioz. Like his overtures, Corrida! is set in a large ternary form with a middle slow section surrounded by fast ones. Each section is also comprised of its own modified ternary -- each section respectively featuring its own middle section flanked by two contrasting outer sections.

Ultimately, the score evokes a severely physical, even violent, athletic contest -- much like the one fought bravely by the bull. Ebullient and energetic, it also possesses an introspection that may momentarily call into question the fervor (or fever!) of its enthusiasm for bloodsport.

Solicited by James Colonna and the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Wind Symphony

- Program Note by composer

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


State Ratings

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Works for Winds by this Composer


  • Ethan Wickman website Accessed 3 February 2020
  • Wickman, E. (2009). Corrida! : A Fanfare for Wind Symphony [score]. Stratified Publications: [Wisc.].