March: Officers Processional
Commonwealth March: Officers Processional debuted in grand circumstance. As the featured piece of the opening ceremonies of the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Victoria, British Columbia, Commonwealth March was heard by a live audience of over 50,000 and an estimated television audience of 500,000,000. Prince Edward was among the dignitaries who entered the stadium to this stately but lively processional.
The composition begins with a brass fanfare followed by a dignified, tuneful melody, with jazz-based harmonies, carried by the clarinet section. This middle section and the trio that follows can be repeated if necessary for commencement activities and convocations. The trio features a trumpet solo and a quirky surprise played by the piccolo. The piece finishes in the coda with another fanfare flourish by the brass.
Notes on Commonwealth March
By adding a fanfare-type introduction and a bridge in a contrasting style, I had a piece that was really starting to take shape. I decided to use a trumpet solo for the trio in deference to the great cornet soloists of the early 1900s.
It was originally titled Fanfare and Processional but was officially retitled when Music Director Ian McDougall used the melody to open the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Victoria, British Columbia.
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