Here is a bold, exciting work for advanced French Horns! This stunning composition explores the depth of what horn players can do! A fabulous opening or closing work for your concert! **This composition won 2nd Place in the 2008 Music Teacher’s National Association Competition for Young Composers.**
Fanfare For Six Horns (Grade 5.5)
A fanfare for a glorious occasion! Described both as “powerful” (1), as well as an “awesome addition to [the] repertoire” (2), this bold and exciting work for horn players will surely thrill audiences and performers alike. Written as the opening work of the 2008 Southeastern Horn Symposium (IHS, Inc.), this 3-minute contemporary composition explores the depths of the horn in an expressive setting, with a majestic theme and memorable melody. Structurally, the composer employs a linear, direct, ABA-format. With its complex web of motivic counterpoint, a broad canvas of harmonic progression, and an absolutely “stunning final minute” (3), this fanfare will make for a fabulous opening or closing addition to any concert or program!
1 - David A. White, Composer, and Competitive MTNA Judge
2 - John Turman - Seattle Symphony Horns; Seattle Symphony Orchestra
3 - Thomas Chaillan, Composer and YouTuber
Title: Fanfare for Six Horns
Author: William A.R. May
Time: 3 Minutes, 30 Seconds
Orchestration: Chamber Music
Kind: Single-Movement Fanfare Sextet
Instrumentation: 6 French Horns
Commissioned by: Columbus State University Horn Sextet & Choir, for the Southeastern Horn Workshop (Columbus, Ga.), with Dr. Kristen Hansen conducting.
Written: Summer 2008
Premiered: Fall 2008, Columbus State University Schwob School of Music / University Of Georgia Hugh Hodgson School of Music