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Released: Jul 4, 2005 | 11:13 AM
Category: Classical
Application: N/A
Loop Use: N/A

File Type: .mp3
File Size: 3.63 MB

Plays: 2023
Downloads: 11
Weekly Plays: 1
Weekly Downloads: 0
Statistic reset day: Monday

License: Unknown/Unset
Traditionally, and by strict definition, this piece is probably not really a fanfare. But using the general definition ("a showy display" smiley, I decided to call it American Fanfare. It was written over the July 4th holiday weekend, inspired partly by congregational singing of the National Hymn, which opens with a true fanfare, and begins with this familiar verse:

"God of our fathers, whose almight hand
Leads forth in beauty all the starry band
of shining worlds in splendor through the skies,
Our grateful songs before thy throne arise."

It is possible to experience a deep love of country, even in the midst of dissatisfaction with government and personal feelings of cultural alienation. However, that kind of love and alienation produce tension, which is hopefully present in this short, fast, and sometimes loud piece, this showy display.

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foto84 Artist

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Sounds like a sci fi suspense sequence, otherwise I like it. It has a very tribal rythym to it. A keeper!
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12 years ago
Neumuzik Artist

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What church did you say you attend? Sounds like Our Lady of Military Adventures. Good composition.
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This composition would be absolutely perfect for a drum and bugle corp-style show! I think you should seriously think about arranging this for marching band! Compositionally, I really wished this piece would have included a couple more themes, or developed the themes already introduced. Very interesting piece. Excellent use of sonic gestures to communicate to the audience. BRAVO!
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i got the chills listening to this piece... the kind of chills when you're on the top of a really high rollercoaster and about to go down the first drop..any...second. and then, just when i thought i was safe, picturing a marching band play this song (especially the drumline) gave me chills again. two chills, one song... you do the math

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12 years ago
atwood1956 Artist

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Thanks foto84, Neumuzik, djohn409 and margoli13, for your kind words. I appreciate it.
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12 years ago
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I enjoyed this piece. It has great drive and a restless edginess to it. A little like Steve Reich in his prime. Very nice work.
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Really quirky and different. Most effective. Liked the keyboard percussion sounds. Interest is held by the percussion section, but other instruments are also well written and orchestrated. Most enjoyed!
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