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Fanfares on Re for Ray

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David Dzubay

David Dzubay

General Info

Year: 2003
Duration: c. 7:00
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: ProNovaMusic
Cost: Score and Parts - $180.00   |   Score Only - $39.00

Movements (played without pause)

1. Swirls
2. Bright Bells
3. Dark Bells
4. Echoes
5. Kaleidoscope


Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Harp (Opt.)
String Bass (Opt.)
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum (large)
  • Cymbals (small, medium and large suspended)
  • Glockenspiel
  • Gong (Tam-tam)
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Tom-Toms (4)
  • Tubular Bells
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

These fanfares were composed to celebrate the retirement of Ray E. Cramer, after many outstanding years of service and leadership at the Indiana University School of Music, where he was on faculty since 1969 and was Director of Bands from 1982 to 2004.

Personally, I had the honor of playing under Ray Cramer in the 1984 IU Wind Ensemble tour of Japan, experiencing his musical, organizational and social skills first-hand. And like so many composers, I have had the good fortune of having music taken up by Ray. In 1990 he generously premiered a work I composed as a student, and since then has premiered three other works. In all cases, the musical leadership and personal integrity demonstrated by Ray Cramer has been exemplary. I am therefore honored and grateful to have been asked to compose this work for him by his family.

Fanfares on Re for Ray presents a series of short celebratory fanfares, each centered on the pitch D (Re). I initially planned the ‘fanfares’ to be rather separate entities, but as the work evolved it became a single through-composed piece, with ideas recurring in the various fanfares, or sections. The work develops from the introductory first fanfare, with wildly swirling textures but no pulse, through two ‘bell’ fanfares exploring central motifs, into a more traditionally thematic fourth fanfare followed by the concluding finale. The five fanfares, played without pause, are titled thus: 1) Swirls, 2) Bright Bells, 3) Dark Bells, 4) Echoes and 5) Kaleidoscope. It perhaps stretches the listener’s (and composer’s) imagination to suggest that the five fanfares are representative of the five decades during which Ray Cramer has been on faculty at IU, starting at the end of the 1960s, but there it is.

For those interested in musical building blocks, the principal (ubiquitous?) melodic idea in the work came from the letters in Ray E. Cramer’s name, though I left the ‘y’ out, as no pitch name begins with ‘y’ in any language I know of! So, the melodic fragment used was DAECDAEED, and of that, mostly just the first five pitches, beginning and ending on D.

- Program Note by David Dzubay


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Brunner, Matthew G. P. (2008). "A Conductor's Analysis of Selected Wind Works by David Dzubay." Indiana University, Doctoral Dissertation.
  • David Dzubay website Accessed 7 October 2017
  • Stotter, Douglas. "Fanfares on Re for Ray." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 6, edit. & comp. by Richard Miles, 817-823. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2007.