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Boosey & Hawkes

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World Premiere
St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh
Edinburgh Festival Ensemble / Christopher Bell
Composer's Notes

This is a short fanfare for brass and percussion to celebrate Easter. The brass material is extracted from my music-theatre piece Visitatio Sepulchri, and specifically from the section where the three women encounter three angels at the entrance to the empty tomb. It has a ritualistic sectional structure in which each brass episode (gradually expanding and becoming more complex with each occurrence) is answered by a simple response for percussion. The fanfare is dedicated to my school music teacher, Bert Richardson.

James MacMillan

Reproduction Rights
This programme note can be reproduced free of charge in concert programmes with a credit to the composer

Recommended Recording

Scottish Chamber Orchestra/Joseph Swensen
BIS 1019

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