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Program Notes

Hanover Festival


Philip Sparke, composer

The Hanover Wind Symphony of New Jersey was founded in 1984 by its conductor Peter Boor. Boor commissioned Philip Sparke to write Hanover Festival to celebrate the band’s fifteenth birthday in 1999. The piece begins with a solemn brass fanfare. Woodwinds join in and the music subsides into an expressive chorale. A climax is reached and the fanfare returns. Trumpets introduce an explosive vivo section, characterized by an energetic theme from the horns and low clarinets. A bridge passage with strong brass chords leads to a playful section that introduces a legato central theme. Finally, the opening fanfare returns, this time accompanied by music from the vivo section, until a fast coda closes the work.

—published score


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