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Anniversary Fanfare

By William Walton

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Brass Ensemble 9 B-flat Trumpets (5, 7, & 9 opt.), 4 Tenor Trombones (2 & 4 opt.), 3 Bass Trombones (3 opt.), Timpani, Percussion - Medium
Composed by William Walton (1902-1983). Ceremonial fanfare. Light Concert. Score and parts. With Standard Notation. Duration 0:50. Published by Winwood Music (WO.0300).

Item Number: WO.0300

This short fanfare was commissioned by EMI for a concert celebrating the company's 75th anniversary in 1973. Walton seems to have been informed that the concert was to open with his 1953 coronation march, Orb and Sceptre; In his autograph, Walton instructs that the fanfare is to be 'immediately followed' by Orb and Sceptre. Already on the first main beat of the 20-bar fanfare Walton's characteristic crushed seventh features in the bass. Midway, at bar 12, the style modifies from crisp semiquaver movement to a slightly broader marziale incorporating a well-disguised 'Happy birthday' quotation.

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