Jet-stream : fanfare for orchestra
by Paul Stanhope (2004, this version: 2012)
Also known as: Rotary 100
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Performance by Sydney Sinfonia Orchestra, Benjamin Northey from the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 27.
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The term "jet-stream" is used to describe fast-flowing, relatively narrow currents of air and is also sometimes applied to fast moving ocean currents. In using the same term for this orchestral fanfare I am suggesting musical notions of swirling, fast-flowing passages, of turbulent energy and perhaps also the exhilaration of motion itself.
As befits a fanfare, the piece begins with passages dominated by brass and percussion which feature prominently throughout. A second section begins with harp and interleaved woodwind lines and a much slower descending counter melody. The high woodwinds, which initially take up the fanfare theme in this section, are later subsumed by the brass and then the whole orchestra, bringing the piece to a huge climax. The following reflective section allows a brief moment of contemplation before the material plunges headlong into the brass figures heard at the start of the work.
Year: 2004, this version: 2012
Instrumentation: 2 flutes (2nd doubling piccolo), 2 oboes, 2 clarinets in B flat (2nd doubling bass clarinet), 2 bassoons (2nd doubling contra-bassoon), 4 French horns in F, 2 trumpets in C, 2 trombones, 1 bass trombone, 1 tuba, timpani, percussion (2 players), harp, strings.
Duration: 5 min.
Commission note: Commissioned by Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
Formerly known by the title Rotary One Hundred.
- In the form/style of: Fanfares
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