Chorale and Fanfare, for the International Low Brass Trio (2014)

 
 

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Commissioned by the International Low Brass Trio, Chorale and Fanfare opens with one of the most popular rhythmic motives in music: the great four note short-short-short-long motive found also in Beethoven’s Fifth. This motive has resurfaced in countless compositions since Beethoven’s time. In this piece, it serves as the identifying feature of the fanfare indicated by the title. After this energetic opening fanfare, a more relaxed chorale theme is introduced. The four-note motive of the fanfare is continually hinted at, ever beckoning to return, but it instead subsides and the chorale is varied and expanded. The piece takes on an unusual form in the blending of the chorale and fanfare genres. Ultimately, both forms are juxtaposed to produce a uniquely satisfying texture and thematic unity.