Four short movements for a quartet of trumpets (difficulty: advanced)
- 3 minutes, 50 seconds
This four-movement suite was completed in 2016. The first movement, Fanfare, is a brief call to attention with an unsettled sense of key – the fourth trumpet never quite agrees with the other players!
The second movement, Carillon, was prompted by the weekly bell-ringing practice in the composer’s village - rhythmic ensemble is not always quite perfect....
The scurrying third movement, Burlesco, uses material from the ‘bells’ of the previous movement, but in a very different way this time. A sense of key is never really confirmed and there is a bustling race to the finish.
The Proclamation recalls the style of the opening Fanfare and provides a noble conclusion to this short suite. With echoes of each other’s part, the four instruments compete confidently as the movement proceeds to its triumphant conclusion.
5 July 2008: St Helen's School, Northwood, Middx, UK. School Brass Quartet, Senior School Speech Day. (No 1: Fanfare only).
- Published in December 2016 by Forton Music in Little Suite for four trumpets (FM 602)