Distant Shadows, Fanfare for the Past Millennium

Distant Shadows, Fanfare for the Past Millennium

Versions:

  • Alphorn (or French Horn), Brass Choir (2000)
  • Alphorn (or French Horn) and Brass Band (2002)

Works

Technical Information

Duration – 6:00

A) Distant Shadows, Fanfare for the Past Millennium for Alphorn (or French Horn), Brass Choir (2000)

Solo alphn. or Frhn./0.0.0.0./4.3.3.1./timp(timp=fdr).2perc.

(Published by Eighth Note Publications)

B) Distant Shadows, Fanfare for the Past Millennium for Alphorn (or French Horn) and Brass Band (2002)                                                   Soloalphn.orFrhn./sop.2solocnt.2cnt.flug.solohn.2hn.2bari.2trbn.btrbn.2euph.2tb./timp (timp=fdr.).

(Alternate version arranged by David Marlatt)

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Brass Choir – Item Number: BC2226 / Brass Band – Item Number: BB2228

Also available through Sheet Music Plus

Distant Shadows, Brass Choir – https://www.sheetmusicplus.com/title/distant-shadows-sheet-music/18128552

Distant Shadows, Brass Band – https://www.sheetmusicplus.com/title/distant-shadows-sheet-music/18129128

Program Notes

Distant Shadows: Fanfare for the Past Millennium was composed for the opening of a special millennium concert by the Toronto Sinfonietta celebrating both the past and the present. The piece begins with a solo alphorn – an ancient instrument which is used to evoke associations of shepherds and simple rural living. Next a solo trumpet enters accompanied by brass instruments and percussion, representing a more complex urban environment. Distant Shadows ends with a return of the alphorn, this time accompanied by percussion as a representation of the necessity for a successful balance between the city and the land.

Eight Note Publications Information

This creative fanfare utilizes a solo alphorn, creative percussion writing and brilliant fanfare passages to take the listener on a musical journey. This is a new composition which takes the traditional brass choir sound in a new direction. This work is bold, yet mysterious and talented composer Ronald Royer uses many colours in his orchestration to generate a powerful effect which audiences are sure to find stunning. It has been scored here for alphorn, 3 trumpets, 4 horns, 3 trombones, tuba, and percussion.