Duration: 6 minutes
Written for John McElroy and the Alabama Symphony
This short fanfare is written to celebrate the 40-year career of ASO principal trumpet player John McElroy, premiered during the final concerts of John’s tenure. Talking to John briefly this past February 2014, he professed that he liked mellow solos, so after considering several possible moods, I decided on the current fiery opening and contemplative close.
After the opening orchestral burst of color, the work settles on a brass chorale, decorated with flourishes from strings and woodwinds. The chorale is then transferred into the strings, and slowly builds into a spectacular display from the solo brass section and then the percussion section. Soft string harmonics and intermittent piano interjections set the mood for the final section, marked “Majestic and Nostalgic,” which features a trumpet solo for John to end the work.
Recording is available! Just contact Vivian Fung for an access code per union contract restrictions.
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