Recording updated to use the new ARIA Player as well as the project Sam brass.
It's been so long since I've posted a new work, I've been completely submerged in work for the music festival.
Well, now that's it is over (and has been a tremendous success), I actually have felt inspired to compose!
I thought what better way to get back into it than to write a short fanfare-ish work for next year's festival.
Formally, it's quite simple: brief intro (horns and trumpets) on theme 1 with bells peeling, then solemn entrance of theme 2 in the trombone choir.
There's a quiet middle section with the trumpets "singing" a more lyrical version of the solemn trombone theme (against pulsing horns).
The tempo speeds up again, and the whole group finishes it all off with theme 1.
Harmonically, it's quite simple: a few polychords here and there, a lot of counterpoint built up, some "crunchy chords", and lots of triadic material. It is, after all, meant to be performed as a "populist" overture.
Oh, and it's all GPO, from within Finale 2008.
4 horns (1st was the solo KS horn)
3 trumpets (the three KS solos)
3 alto trombones (again, the KS 'bones, though "why?" I have no idea, I didn't use any mutes or effects)
1 solo KS bass 'bone
1 KS solo tuba
and I tried adding some "oomph" to the mix by highlighting certain passages with the "ag/overlay" samples of horn, trumpet and trombones.
Personally, I find the trumpet samples a tiny bit thin sounding. I think I'd have liked a slightly bigger sound from them. I also tried to NOT put too much reverb because I want to test this recording in the church where the festival takes place.
I'm considering making a second recording of this fanfare using the Concert & Marching Band brass set.
(I'm sort of keeping this piece as a "test" for GPO4's brass section)
And here is that "test"