Five Ceremonial Fanfares

Trad/Daniel Speer
Year of composition
Difficult (Grades 7+)
7 minutes
Classical music
Sextet (Trumpet in Bb)
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The first three of these fanfares for natural trumpet consort have been extended and embellished for two spacially arranged trumpet choirs and timpani. I first heard them on a CD of Biber's Missa Salisburgensis played by the Gabrieli Consort. The latter two fanfares are by Daniel Speer and come from a set of seven such pieces. The 6th trumpet part might better be played on a trombone or bass trumpet.

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