by Travis J. Weller (Grade 1, 2:15)
Ludwig van Beethoven is known for many wonderful contributions to the late Classical and early Romantic Era in music history, but might be best remembered for the hymn tune that emerged from the final movement of his Ninth Symphony. Alongside original material that grows from the majestic opening, Fanfare of Joy quotes that famous hymn tune as a two-fold reminder of music’s intrinsic power: It brings people from different walks of life together and brings them great joy. Never before have our bands been more important to our schools and communities as a reminder of those aspects of music. My hope is that this piece serves you and your students well delivering that message to your schools, families and communities. Thank you in advance for your support of this work, and best wishes as you deliver a Fanfare of Joy!