Fanfare from 'The Grotesques' (Brian, Havergal)

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Sheet Music


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Leigh Henry (1889–1958), calligraphy

Publisher Info.:

Fanfare: A Musical Causerie, Vol.I, Issue 5
London: Goodwin & Tabb, December 1, 1921


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General Information

Work Title Fanfare from ‘The Grotesques’
Alternative. Title
Composer Brian, Havergal
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IHB 1
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 1
First Publication. 1921
Average DurationAvg. Duration 20 seconds
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Early 20th century
Piece Style Early 20th century
Instrumentation Brass and percussion
Related Works The Tigers, opera (see below)

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A 4-bar excerpt from Havergal Brian’s first opera, which in 1921 was entitled ‘The Grotesques’, and was finally revised as ‘The Tigers’. The excerpt, presumably intended for brass and percussion, is given in two-stave keyboard reduction which for the first three bars matches almost exactly the final piano-vocal score of the opera. The fourth bar is entirely different, with a side-drum rhythm in a new meter. Prior to the rediscovery of the full score of ‘The Tigers’ in 1978, the section culminating in this fanfare was arranged for brass and percussion by Malcolm MacDonald.

  • See also: ‘The Tigers’, vocal score (published by August Cranz in 1932): Act One, pages 119–120: starting 2 bars before figure 111 (i.e., at bar 1075)