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Fanfare for a Festive Occasion
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Composed for the Boston Civic Orchestra and its conductor, Max Hobart, this work for brass and percussion was premiered by that ensemble on November 14, 1980. Something of a second cousin to Williams' Jubilee 350 Fanfare written earlier the same year, the work is about two and half minutes in length and largely in C major. It opens with a fanfare led by the trumpets and trombones. Horns introduce a syncopated, mixed-meter, second subject accompanied by timpani. Trumpets and trombones join the tune and then return to the opening fanfare. The second subject makes a brief return in the horns, this time accompanied by the full percussion section and dissonant accented scale passages from the trumpets and trombones. The work concludes with a coda based upon the opening fanfare.


Despite frequent performances with the Boston Pops, Williams has never recorded this work.  However, the San Francisco-area Bay Brass has recorded the work under the direction of Alisdair Neale for a forthcoming CD that will also feature music of Bruce Broughton.

Sheet Music

The orchestral score and parts to this work are not commercially available, nor has any arrangement ever been published.


"Civic Symphony shows dual personality," Richard Buell
Boston Globe, November 19 1980


The Boston Pops Web site

Video of a recording session from the Bay Brass Web site

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