AUGUSTA READ THOMAS


Fanfare of Hope and Solidarity

for orchestra (2020)


1 leaf. Oblong folio (280 x 432 mm). Executed in black and various brightly-coloured inks. Signed in full by the composer and dated 2020. 

A dynamic visual representation of the work’s progression, its elements anchored by a single horizontal line representing the 4-minute duration of the piece. Each of the minutes is numbered, with specific times relating to the stages of the work’s progression indicated (45″, 1’10”, 1’45”, etc.). Elements such as rhythmic groupings of note stems, solid blocks of color, individual colored lines of various proportions, etc., combine to provide an impression of the construction of the whole. 

The work premiered on YouTube “during a period of mandatory social distancing, on Memorial Day Weekend, by the Utah Symphony, Thierry Fischer conducting, May 22, 2020.” Augusta Read Thomas website

Conceived at a most unsettling time, the Fanfare represents a coming together of instrumental (and personal) forces to create a positive and uplifting statement. The performance was a simultaneous remote videocast, with all performers self-distancing in their homes or studios. A true work of our time. 

Together with the initial sketch plan entitled “Messy map of form Fanfare of Hope & Solidarity ART 2020.” Executed in black and various brightly-coloured inks. While indeed “messy,” the main elements of the final work are present. 1 leaf. Oblong quarto (8.5″ x 11″, 215 x 278 mm). Labeled and signed on the verso. 


Published by J & J Lubrano Music Antiquarians

J & J Lubrano Music Antiquarians was established in 1977 by John and Jude Lubrano. Since that time, the firm has come to be recognized as one of the leading international antiquarian dealers in the specialities of Music and Dance.

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