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Gavorkna Fanfare

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Jack Stamp

Jack Stamp

General Info

Year: 1991
Duration: c. 1:40
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Neil A. Kjos Music Company
Cost: Score and Parts - $45.00   |   Score Only - $5.00


Full Score
Flute 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-IV
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion I-II-II-III-IV, including:

  • Anvil
  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Crotales
  • Glockenspiel
  • Sleigh Bells
  • Snare Drum
  • Tam-tam
  • Triangle
  • Tubular Bells
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Gavorkna Fanfare was composed for and dedicated to Eugene Corporon and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Wind Symphony.

The work exploits the idea of a fanfare for full wind band, rather than the traditional brass and percussion instrumentation. The opening pyramids lead to the melodic minor third cluster heard in original and inversion simultaneously. A polychordal transition based on the upcoming "fugato" subject leads to a minimalist accompaniment to the four-part counterpoint. The opening idea returns with a coda based on the melodic minor third.

- Program Note by Jack Stamp

Composer Jack Stamp writes, “I wish I had never named this work Gavorkna. I constantly receive calls inquiring as to the meaning of the title. It is a made-up word and a joke between Eugene Corporon and myself.

Gene called me in October 1999, stating that his Cincinnati College Conservatory Wind Symphony would be performing at the College Band Directors National Association Conference in Kansas City in February. He asked me to suggest an opener. I said, “Let me write you one. If you like it, you can have it for free. If you don’t I won’t be upset.” I wrote the piece in two days. I scored it and sent it to Gene. He called and said, “You can ignore me completely, but the fugue is boring.” I said, “How can a four-part fugue be boring?” But he was right! So, on Christmas Eve, I re-wrote the fugue by ornamenting each entrance. It made the work much stronger. To date, this is my most popular work and has launched some of the earlier works as well as provided numerous commissions. I owe Gene a lot, both as my teacher of conducting, and as a friend.

- Program Note from Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music

Commercial Discography

State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Arkansas State University (Jonesboro) Wind Ensemble (Shawn Crawford, conductor) - 13 March 2020
  • University of Toronto (Ont.) Wind Ensemble (Gillian MacKay, conductor) – 1 March 2020
  • Virginia Tech (Blacksburg) Symphony Band (Dave McKee & Chad Reep, conductor) – 1 March 2020
  • University of Nebraska Kearney Wind Ensemble (Duane Bierman, conductor) – 5 February 2020
  • Walnut Hills High School (Cincinnati, Ohio) Wind Ensemble (Richard Canter, conductor) – 2 November 2019
  • Dordt University (Sioux Center, Iowa) Wind Symphony (Onsby Rose, conductor) – 11 October 2019
  • Florida State University (Tallahassee, Fla.) Symphonic Band (Patrick Dunnigan, conductor) – 7 October 2019
  • Baylor University (Waco, Texas) Symphonic Band (Isaiah Odajima, conductor) – 19 September 2019
  • University of California, Santa Barbara, Wind Ensemble (Paul Bambach, conductor) – 30 May 2019
  • University of Wisconsin-Parkside Wind Ensemble (Ray E. Cramer, conductor) – 9 May 2019
  • Kingsburg (Calif.) High School Wind Ensemble (Michael Schofield, conductor) – 12 April 2019 (2019 San Joaquin Valley (Calif.) Concert Band Invitational)
  • Kingsburg (Calif.) High School Wind Ensemble (Mike Schofield, conductor) -15 March 2019 (2019 Sutherland Wind Festival (Fresno, Calif.)
  • Kingsburg (Calif.) High School Wind Ensemble (Mike Schofield, conductor) - 15 February 2019 (2019 CASMEC Conference, Fresno)
  • Penn State University (University Park) Concert Band (Gregory Drane, conductor) – 14 February 2019
  • Midway (Tx.) High School Wind Ensemble (Pam Hyatt, conductor) – 1 February 2019
  • California State University, Stanislaus, Wind Ensemble (Stuart Sims, conductor) – 6 December 2018
  • California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Wind Ensemble (Christopher J. Woodruff, conductor) – 30 November 2018
  • University of Idaho (Moscow) Concert Band (Jason Johnson, conductor) – 27 September 2018
  • Hawaii Symphonic Band (Honolulu) (Steven Hirohara, conductor)- 4 August 2018
  • Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School (Parkland, Fla.) Wind Symphony (Alex Kaminsky, conductor) - 1 June 2018

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