Richard Lambert Music

Anfar (Op.30 No.7)

This ceremonial fanfare is suitable for a large- scale occasion

The title derives from an Arabic word, meaning ‘trumpets’, now the source of the term ‘fanfare’. This ceremonial piece, suitable for a large-scale occasion, is for brass octet and three pedal timpani. It develops two motifs, one rhythmic and one three-note melodic motif, progressing in tonality from the initial G major, through a highly contrapuntal B flat major section to a noble conclusion in C sharp major. Level of difficulty: grade 8+.


If you are a brass/percs. player who likes his/her music hard-hitting and technically demanding, this is the piece for you. Initially in the key of G, the contrapuntal and dissonant nature of the piece soon takes the tonality in many directions. It is quasi fanfare-like in style, aggressive and “brilliant”. Anfar is two minutes of sugar-rush music, a wake-up call to the audience which will also knock the cobwebs off the players.

Malcolm Crane


This recording of Anfar was produced using computer software called Sibelius: it is not a live recording.


You can view and purchase the score of Anfar from Score Exchange.

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