Flares/Flutters Fanfare

concert band (Grade 5)

piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 3 clarinets in Bb, 2 bassoons, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, 3 trumpets in Bb, 4 horns in F, 2 trombones, bass trombone, euphonium, tuba, timpani (3), 4 percussion*

1: toms (4), snare drum
2: small tam-tam, large tam-tam, suspended cymbal, ride cymbals (3)
3: bass drum, suspended cymbal, ride cymbals (3)
4: toms (4), snare drum


Commissioned by Dr. Joe Parisi for the UMKC Conservatory Bands.

Premiered April 19, 2017, by the UMKC Wind Ensemble.

Lens flares are a visual phenomenon that occur from flashes of intense light. Found in photos and videos, these flares manifest as starbursts, rings, and other spatial artifacts that often add intensity to the image. This fanfare builds its own sonic flares through resonant overtones and fluttering woodwinds soaring above brassy clusters. In addition to these flares and flutters, martial rhythms resound with antiphonal toms and heavy percussion drawing the fanfare to its final climax.