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Fanfare: And Soon It Will Be Dawn

for orchestral brass, timpani, tam tam and bass drum

Year:  2017 Instrumentation:  0000; 4331; timp., 2 perc; no strings

Year:  2017
Instrumentation  0000; 4331; timp., 2 perc; ...

Composer:   Philip Norman

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Faced with the choice of writing a fanfare in a similar “heroic” style as Copland’s, or in a contrasting mode, Norman chose the latter, taking as his source the words of a 12th-century troubadour love song. The resulting work is lyrical in character, and preserves the quintessential clarity of plainchant. Featuring alternating passages of calmness and more impassioned writing, the Fanfare finishes on an enigmatic note and in the hushed soundscape with which it began.*

*Programme note by Paul Goodson for the CSO premiere 25 February 2017

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