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Instrumentation: Brass Band (British style) Instruments: Bass Trombone, Cornet, Euphonium, Flugelhorn, French Horn, Timpani, Trombone, Tuba
Genre: ClassicalFanfare for the Solemn Procession of the Knights of the Order of St. John
I am pleased to dedicate this arrangement to the Fox Valley Brass Band. Thanks to a generous donor, this project was completed during the Christmas season of 2019. Thanks also to Jonathan Hauser who suggested this wonderful piece of music as a performance opportunity for our band. Most of all, thanks to the talented and hard-working members of the Fox Valley Brass Band who allow me to conduct this wonderful ensemble. We look forward to performing this work for the very first time in March 22, 2020 at a joint concert with the Des Plaines Park District Community Concert Band, Dr. Allen Legutki, conductor.
The full name of the composition is “Feierlicher Einzug der Ritter des Johanniter-Orderns”, which the Wind Repertory Project web site translates as “Fanfare for the Solemn Procession of the Knights of the Order of St. John.” Program notes from the Northwestern University Symphonic Wind Ensemble point out that Strauss was already a well-known conductor and composer when he wrote this composition in 1909. One of only a handful of his works written exclusively for winds, Strauss’s powerful, majestic composition is scored for 15 trumpets, 4 horns, 4 trombones, 2 tubas and timpani. It was composed for the investiture ceremonies of the Order of St. John, a Western Christian military order that was founded in Jerusalem in 1023 to care for poor, sick or injured pilgrims journeying to the Holy Land. Learn More