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Fanfare, Ships' Passing

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Jamie Leigh Sampson

Jamie Leigh Sampson

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General Info

Year: 2021
Duration: c. 3:20
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Unknown
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


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Program Notes

Fanfare from Ships’ Passing (2021) is the first segment of a work for full wind ensemble, which will be released as part of a consortium led by the Wind Studies program at the University of North Texas and premiered by the Wind Orchestra in the fall.

Sampson writes:

When you stand next to the water on the St. Lawrence River, or on one of the five Great Lakes, you can feel an approaching ship long before you can see it. What begins as a low rumble grows to a mechanical, metallic, repetitive drone that interacts and dances with the natural sounds of the waterways.

On rare occurrences two ships will pass each other in front of you, and when that happens at night it’s an incredibly memorable and musical experience. The container ships that make their way along the Northeast shipping routes of the United States have come from all over the world. They may interact with the natural surroundings on the waterways, but they are separate communities from those on the shore.

These floating cities have passed me for my entire life. I frequently traveled to the St. Lawrence River as a child; I was married there while a ship passed, and I know that when I see one in Toledo, Detroit, or Chicago that it had to have passed a place I call home to get there.

- Program Note by composer


  • Alex Shapiro Prize, 2022


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State Ratings

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  • University of North Texas (Denton) Wind Orchestra (Andrew Trachsel, conductor) - 28 April 2022 *Premiere Performance*

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