Fairest of the Renaissance Faire (2023)
Commissioned by the Ohio Private College Instrumental Conductors Association
Concert band, Grade 4.
Fairest of the Renaissance Faire takes melodic themes and motives from John Philip Sousa's march Fairest of the Fair. These melodic materials are transformed into a Renaissance context, with inspiration drawn specifically from William Byrd's Fitzwilliam Virginal Book and Tielman Susato's Danserye, both of which have very successful arrangements for concert band. The piece is in four short movements: