Fanfare for Varèse was composed for the Empyrean Ensemble as a fanfare to open their 2007-2008 season. I was thrilled to learn that Edgard Varèse’s Octandre would be featured on the same program and that I would be writing for the same instrumentation (except with a tuba in place of Varèse’s double bass). I determined to incorporate some of the spirit of that work into my own composition, but to filter it through my own post-minimalist sensibility.
Wind Octet: flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, horn, trombone, tuba
Empyrean Ensemble on October 14, 2007