When I think of the Fanfare Suite, I think of Aaron Copland and wide open spaces, big horizons, the Grand Canyon, John Ford/John Wayne movies etc. However I’m not American so I’d like to think of it as more universal in its “grandness.”
All six pieces on this album were originally scored for full orchestra, performed by the Janáček Philharmonic on my 2015 album Affirmations & Aspirations. Conductor Anthony Armoré suggested to me that this repertoire would be very suitable for concert band, particularly Fanfare Suite. I then recorded it with the Sydney Scoring Orchestra, a composite studio orchestra which for this session were mostly all members of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Two of the symphonic poems redone here, The Passing and A Celebration of The Natural World, were released on MY SYMPHONIC POEMS (2018, Navona Records) in their original orchestral form. A live performance of The Passing (original orchestration) is also on LIVE IN OSTRAVA (2019, Navona Records).
This is the first appearance of my Fanfare Suite on Navona Records, and the concert band scores will be available through Wirripang.
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