First Suite Fanfare (2020)
Commissioned by the Eagan High School Wind Ensemble, Eagan, MN
Concert band, Grade 5.
First Suite Fanfare pays homage to Gustav Holst’s First Suite in Eb. The fanfare utilizes and transforms material from the opening movement, specifically the Chaconne’s familiar melody that is heard throughout. In much the same way that Holst utilized the starting notes of his melody to unify all three movements of First Suite in Eb, the first four pitches of the Chaconne (Eb, F, C, Bb) are rhythmically altered in the energetic opening measures of the fanfare. Longer portions of the Chaconne and its inversion are also reworked as melodies, countermelodies, short motives, and the central chorale.