Fanfare for Nana

Four Trumpets
Gerald Plain


This short fanfare is dedicated to Nana Lampton and was electronically premiered at the reading of her new book, Wash the Dust from My Eyes at the Madison Cawein house, Louisville, KY.   The book of poetry and nonfiction writing is inspired from the letters and journal entries of her grandfather, John Mason, in his early years during the World War I.   He was training solders in a cavalry unit on the Fort Riley military reservation in Kansas.   

The composer takes on the flavor of the military by quoting the familiar bugle call, Reveille, that wakes the troops in the morning.   It is written for four trumpets which are spaced widely across the stage.   The minor mode is used instead of the familiar major of the original tune.







I have been using folk materials in my compositions since 1969 and my objective has always been to artfully fuse these elements into a modern sound fabric.

My Performance Conductors:

Gianluigi Gelmetti, Massimo Pradella, Oleg Kovalenko, Gerhard Samuel, Lukas Foss, Lawrence Foster, Michael Morgan, Kenneth Jean, Paul Polivnick, Gunther Schuller, Steven Smith, Sydney Hodkinson, Stewart Robertson, Andrew Davis, Edwin London, John McL. Williams


Cleveland Chamber Symphony, Louisville Orchestra,  Vermont Symphony Orchestra,  Richmond (VA) Symphony,  Atlantic Classical Orchestra,  Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra,  Long Beach Symphony,  Civic Orchestra of Chicago,  Alabama Symphony Orchestra,  Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra,  Brooklyn Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra,  Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Radiotelevisione Italiana Orchestra of Rome, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston, Philharmonic Orchestra of Monte Carlo.