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Fanfare to "The Hammer"

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Anthony O'Toole

Anthony O'Toole


General Info

Year: 2013
Duration: c. 2:35
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Bandworks Publications
Cost: Score and Parts - $80.00   |   Score Only - $7.50


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe
Bassoon
Eb Clarinet
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Bb Bass Clarinet
Eb Alto Saxophone I-II
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Eb Baritone Saxophone
Bb Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II
Trombone
Bass Trombone
Euphonium (Bass Clef & Treble Clef)
Tuba
String Bass
Timpani
Percussion I-II, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Fanfare to “The Hammer” was written as a musical tribute to Hank Aaron, the legendary baseball player. Hank Aaron’s long career in the sport is full of notable achievements and milestones. While foremost paying tribute to this great slugger and his achievements, overall the piece evokes the imagery and experience of attending a baseball game and playing a game at the playground on a hot summer day or even just playing catch with your father in the backyard. I remember all those things a kid: playing in little league, playing in the street with friends and collecting the cards. Baseball holds a special place in the heart of most Americans. It is more than just a sport; it’s our pastime.

- Program Note by composer


Dedicated to my friend and mentor, Dr. Jack Stamp.

- Program Note from score


O'Toole uses several concepts borrowed from Jack Stamp's 1999 baseball piece, Pastime. These include using the combined slapstick and woodblock to simulate the crack of a baseball being hit by a bat, and the rhythm of O'Toole's Take Me Out to the Ballgame quote is rhythmically similar to that in Pastime.

- Program Note from Teaching Music through Performance in Band


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


Audio Links


State Ratings

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Performances

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Works for Winds by this Composer


References

  • Anthony O'Toole website
  • Morse, Matthew C. "Fanfare to "The Hammer"." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 10, Compiled and edited by Richard Miles, 564-570. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2015.