The concert opened with the world premiere of
Tennessee composer David Sartor's Metamorphic
Fanfare, commissioned by the KSO. A piece with
thundering percussion and heralding from the
horns and brass, with shimmering connective tissue, it
effectively foretold of events to come.
The Knoxville News-Sentinel
David Sartor's '[Metamorphic] Fanfare' is reminiscent of Copland's 'Fanfare for the Common Man,'
but features the entire orchestra, with grandiose writing for the brass and percussion
sections and colorful flourishes for the woodwinds and strings.
It must be said that the Metamorphic Fanfare by David Sartor
was a great show opener, or, to keep the metaphor rolling, an
exceptionally tasty appetizer. Rarely has something written in
dear old C Major been so instantly appealing, so fascinatingly complex.
But the thrill was brief, entirely too brief, since the piece lasted
just a few minutes.
The Oak Ridger
A very exciting piece and a wonderful addition to the
Music Director and Conductor,
Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
'Metamorphic Fanfare' is a real crowd-pleaser, and fun to play by the musicians.
Music Director and Conductor,
Brevard Symphony Orchestra
Alabama Symphony Orchestra
'Metamorphic Fanfare' is fresh and invigorating.
Robert Ian Winstin
Conductor, Masterworks of the New Era Label
...the Mozart symphony seemed to suffer a bit
in scale on this occasion from having to follow
the rhythmic variety and the brash and bold 20th-century
textures of Dukas, Van Vactor, and Sartor.
Short, sweet, and to the point.
A job well done.
It is a masterpiece,
and can be a part of anyone's orchestra library.
Florida Grand Opera,
Miami City Ballet,
Palm Beach Pops,
Florida Wind Symphony,
Florida Atlantic University.
..wonderfully crafted...Sartors' use of brass instruments is cunningly clever and well placed in the audio spectrum.
Instead of opening your concert with Fanfare for the Common Man by Aaron Copland,
why not open with a fanfare the whole orchestra can play?
for Symphony Orchestra
Duration: approximately 2 minutes and 40 seconds
Metamorphic rocks have undergone transformation through environmental forces of heat and pressure while
still maintaining properties of their former identities. Likewise, we residents of planet Earth bear little
external similarity to our counterparts of 1000 A.D., having been transformed through civilization's forces of
creativity, invention and technology. Metamorphic Fanfare pays homage to this continuing journey,
its Creator, and the immortal spirit of humankind.
Metamorphic Fanfare was commissioned by Kirk Trevor and the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra to celebrate
the new millennium. It was premiered by the orchestra on its October 19 and 20, 2000 subscription concert pair, and was
subsequently broadcast and webcast on Knoxville's NPR affiliate WUOT-FM. It was also featured in November 2010 on the Knoxville Symphony's
75th Anniversary Celebration Gala Concert Pair. It has been recorded by the Kiev Symphony Orchestra
conducted by Robert Ian Winstin for release on ERM Media's Masterworks of the New Era CD series.
Metamorphic Fanfare is under three minutes
in length and is tonal yet contemporary. It is audience-friendly and would be a great opener
for any type of concert using a full orchestra, whether indoors or outdoors.
2 Bb Clarinets
4 F Horns
3 Bb Trumpets
3 Percussionists, playing:
Chimes, Suspended Cymbal, Crash Cymbals
Giant Tam-tam, Glock
Bass Drum, Snare Drum
Published by Metamorphic Music.