Instrumentation: Music Band (Piccolo, 2 Flutes, 2 Oboes, Bassoon, Requinto in Eb, Main Clarinet, First, Second and Third, 2 Alto Saxophones, 2 Tenor Saxophones, Baritone Sax, 2 Horns in F, 3 Trumpets in Bb, 2 Flugelhorn in Bb, 3 Tenor Trombones, Bass Trombone, Euphonium in C, Tuba, Timpani and 4 Percussionists
Duration: a.c. 6:30 minutes
Year of the composition: 2001-02
Premiere: September 2002. San Fernando Municipal Music Band (Cádiz). Francisco Hernández Lora (Conductor)
Observations: Composition Award for Music Band. Comines (Belgium)
“Music for one Anniversary” was composed on the occasion of the 10th Anniversary of the San Fernando Municipal Music Band (Cádiz).
It is a festive overture in which the composer wants to capture all the greatness and festivity of that anniversary. It is made up of several sections: an introduction that is made like a fanfare of brass to which the rest of the instruments are added. This introduction is divided into three sections, in which an oboe solo appears in the middle. Next we find the first theme (a), which is characterized by its great rhythmic richness with the combination of 6/8 and 3/4 measures so popular in the dances of southern Spain. Then we find a second theme (theme b) that is slower and more melodic, starring the flute and clarinet solos, which lead to the development of the piece. This section is characterized by its great vertiginousness and by the work of the instrumental counterpoint, in which we can listen to all the sections of the band. To end the piece we find a reexposition of the theme a and a coda made with material from the introduction, to end as it began, as a fanfare, but in this case with the band’s tutti.
This work was awarded in a composition competition for Banda de Música in Comines (Belgium). It was performed in said final by the Music Band of the Royal Guard of the kings of Belgium.