This fanfare, written in 2004, is so called because it was intended for a degree ceremony. The academic nature of the occasion is matched by the formal working of the musical material.
The opening declares three rhythmic bursts of sound using combined D and C major chords. Additionally, the Bass Trombone, Tuba and Timpani state a three-note motif F, Ab and E providing a bi-tonal bite to the piece. A short tonal melody for the four trumpets ensues, with a pulsating chordal motif. These motives are all developed in various ways, building up to a vibrant E-major chord, with added 6th and 9th, for the whole ensemble.
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