Fanfare and Allegro
Clifton Williams

James Clifton Williams was born in Traskwood, Arkansas in 1923. His first musical experience was as a French Horn player in the school bands and orchestras of Malvern and Little Rock, Arkansas. After serving in the U.S. Army Air Forces in World War II, he studied composition at Louisiana State University with Helen Gunderson and at the Eastman School of Music with Bernard Rogers and Howard Hanson. A member of the faculty at the University of Texas in Austin for seventeen years, he became chairman of the department of theory-composition at the University of Miami School of Music in 1966

Year of publication: 1956

Publisher: Summy-Birchard

Grade: 5

Type of composition: Fanfare and Allegro

Style: Fast

Programming suggestions: Written in 1956 by Clifton Williams, Fanfare and Allegro was dedicated to R. Bernard Fitzgerald and the University of Texas Symphonic Band. After receiving the American Bandmasters Association’s award for top composition of the year, the Ostwald Award, it has a standard piece of literature in the band world.

Solo instruments: cornet

Anecdotal notes: Pretty straight forward piece. Should be played with little break as possible between movements. Many repeated ostinato figures may cause a slight problem. Condensed score will cause problems with rehearsal techniques.

Discography: Fanfare and Allegro. Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra. Frederick Fennell, Conductor…. BRITISH AND AMERICAN BAND CLASSICS. EASTMAN WIND ENSEMBLE – FREDERICK FENNELL, COND.

Recording of "Fanfare and Allegro"