Igor Stravinsky

Fanfare for a New Theater, for 2 trumpets

    Description by Joseph Stevenson

    Every important composer produces little pieces to go along with the great masterworks. Sometimes these chips from their workbenches are tossed off as jokes, written for friends, or written for particular occasions. Often they are forgotten, but Igor Stravinsky's Fanfare for a New Theater, a work for two trumpets only 30-some seconds long, immediately gained recognition as an important work despite its slender dimensions.

    It typifies the canonic textures that appear in the twelve-tone music Stravinsky wrote during the post-1950 period. This music tends to be condensed, often made up of a succession of very short movements. This single movement has some kinship with the trumpet calls that open the late ballet Agon. It is a strictly serial work, consisting of a few transmutations of a basic note row. The mood is brisk, and the rows take the two trumpets through a variety of different musical intervallic relationships with each other.

    Stravinsky wrote it for the opening ceremonies of the newly built New York State Theater, one of the edifices in the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts on New York's west side. This theater was to be the home of the New York City Ballet, and Stravinsky, accordingly, dedicated it "To Lincoln and George," meaning the company's administrator, Lincoln Kirstein, and its legendary choreographer (and Stravinsky's longtime friend) George Balanchine.

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2017 Linn Records CKD 552
    2016 Indesens / Indesens! INDE 088
    2015 Sony Classical 88875026162
    2015 Deutsche Grammophon B002398272
    2012 MDG / Zebralution
    2005 Arte Nova 926500
    2005 Deutsche Grammophon 000504202
    2005 Four Winds 3026
    2004 Musical Heritage Society 5375964
    2003 Sony Classical 89910
    2000 Deutsche Grammophon 453 458-2GH
    1999 Sony Music Distribution 64136
    1995 Capriccio Records 439
    1995 Channel Crossings 8195
    1986 Decca 417114
    MDG 6131333
    MusicMasters 67078
    Koch 7438
    Rene Gailly 87127