Horn 1: d1 - bb2
Horn 2: f - f2
Horn 3: c1 - bb2
Horn 4: F - a1
Horn 5: c1 - a2
Horn 6: d - d2
Horn 7: c1 - bb2
Horn 8: F - e1
Fanfare and processional is a work with original purpose, namely the marriage of Amina and Adam (Walters), 17 July 2006, Richmond, England. And yes, it does open with something resembling the triplet figure of Mendelssohn's "Wedding march" from A midsummer night'd dream, but that is about the only similarity.
To get to know more about Adam Walters, head to the Corniworld website. The Fanfare and processional is in a slightly awkward A major (horn pitch), which however works very well for the range (not too high, not too low). In the 2nd part it modulates to F major (horn pitch), and after a brief lyrical interlude (7 bars) re-introduces the triplet motif (overlaying the 2nd theme and the opening fanfare motif). This spins on until the big finale, an F major, ff cadence, leaving no doubts as to what is most important in the house.
A well-written fanfare, this work does not necessarily have to be confined to a wedding setting (even though it works very well as such). Using it to open a concert would be as good an option as presenting it in any kind of gig that needs to draw attention to something - be that the horn ensemble or something standing close-by. To draw even more attention to the music, Fanfare and processional could be followed by Walters' arrangement of Dancing queen. Surprise and amusement are guaranteed.
Provision of review score: John Lynsdale-Nock (Corniworld)