William Walton: Anniversary Fanfare

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Catalogue No: WIWWM0300
Composer: William Walton
Format: Sheet Music | Score and Parts

This short fanfare was commissioned by EMI for a concert celebrating the company’s 75th anniversary in 1973. Walton seems to have been informed that the concert was to open with his 1953 coronation march, Orb and Sceptre; in his autograph, Walton instructs that the fanfare is to be ‘immediately followed’ by Orb and Sceptre.

Already on the first main beat of the 20-bar fanfare Walton’s characteristic crushed seventh features in the bass. Midway, at bar 12, the style modifies from crisp semiquaver movement to a slightly broader marziale incorporating a well-disguised ‘Happy Birthday’ quotation.

Skill Level: Intermediate Explain this
Published on: 02 August 2007
Language: English
Publisher: Winwood Music

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