This has actually been performed live twice but was not recorded, so I use the GPO version as a demo on my compositions website. This is a fanfare for brass and percussion, presenting sprawling impressions of the many historic gates around the city of Jerusalem. The antiphonal arrangement places quartets of trumpets and trombones to the left and right with horns, tubas/euphoniums and percussion in the center. Surround sound, middle-eastern harmonies and scales, and a grand processional ending.
Your feedback appreciated.
Last edited by Dargason; 08-31-2005 at 11:14 AM.
Very nice composition. Well written and arranged. I like the middle eastern modality with the brass- it just works. The rips were a nice surprise. This must have been fabulous to hear this live (make sure to record it next time).
Wonderful brass writing! It is so inspiring - I am more of a string writer myself, but with GPO, I have become more brave and ventured into less traveled orchestral paths. And listening to your music here has inspired me to continue.
What are you "unhappy" about with your work here? What tweaking do you think it needs? I totally love this. I am listening for the 5th time and it seems so powerful.
Thank you for posting this!!!
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I will never forget when I was a teenager, a college music group came to our church and gave a concert on a Sunday evening. One of the majestic sounding songs that they played was called Joshua Fit The Battle Of The Jericho, the percussionists with their timpani, bass drum and cymbals raised the roof!
It was awesome.
I like candy, and I like this piece too!
Thanks for the kind words everyone. The fanfares are performed in an EXTREMELY live marble foyer... writing music that works well with that kind of reverb is challenging. Antiphonal parts, especially for the bell-front instruments, can be really effective though.