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Saisei Fanfare

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Brett William Dietz

Brett William Dietz

Subtitle: Fanfare for Wind Ensemble

General Info

Year: 2011
Duration: c. 4:36
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Brett William Dietz
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Brake Drum (2)
  • Glockenspiel
  • Hi-Hat
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Tom-Tom (4)
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Saisei was composed to commemorate the first concert of newly appointed conductor Donald McKinney with the Louisiana State University (LSU) Wind Ensemble. Dietz notes that the work “celebrates a new era and heralds the continuation of the one of the nation’s leading music programs. Saisei is Japanese for ‘rebirth.’”

- Program Note from West Chester University Concert Band concert program, 22 February 2018

Although the title, Saisei Fanfare, is descriptive, the work is not programmatic in that it does not present a story or depict specific events. However, the brief work evokes a range of moods from serenity to renewal to excitement. The work does not begin with a bang as one might expect from a fanfare. Rather, it begins with a subtle, understated manner that effectively sets up the first bold statement of the fanfare, which occurs approximately one minute into the piece. An essential aspect of this work is achieving a decided contrast between the character of the broad, lyrical melody presented in the opening by the low woodwinds and contrabass, and that of the punctuated fanfare by the trumpet and battery percussion.

Dietz reports that the work was inspired by his attraction to mindfulness and the Buddhist philosphy.

- Program Note from Teach Music through Performances in Band

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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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