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Awards / Honors

Resident composer wins Dallas Wind Symphony Brass Fanfares competition

March 8, 2010

James David, Colorado State University sssistant professor of composition and music theory, won the Dallas Wind Symphony 2009-2010 Brass Fanfares Competition for his original composition, Pavillons en l'air. The fanfare was selected from 96 submissions to the annual international competition from the United States, UK, China, South Korea, New Zealand, Brazil, Norway, Czech Republic and Australia.

Piece to be recorded March 16

Assistant Professor James David's original composition, Pavillons en l'air, beat out 96 other fanfare submissions from around the world.

James David will be in attendance when the piece is performed and recorded on March 16 in the world renowned Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, Texas. The work will also be published by Lovebird Music of Dallas. The Dallas Wind Symphony is widely regarded as the finest professional wind band in North America.

Pavillons en l’air, for brass and percussion, borrows the French orchestration term translated as “brass bells in the air.” This title was inspired by the dramatic architecture of I. M. Pei’s Meyerson Symphony Center.

'Brass bells in the air'

Further building on this concept is the prevalent use of “suspensions,” the powerful harmonic device often associated with J. S. Bach’s organ music. The music itself is intended to be a brief, but bold, etude for both “marcato” and “cantabile” brass sonorities.

At a concert given by the Colorado State University Wind Ensemble on Feb. 19, David rehearsed and conducted the award-winning work, providing a unique experience for students and audience members alike.

Career milestone

"This is a bit of a special milestone as this is both my first international award and first award with no age restriction," said the excited composer.

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