Marking the bicentenary of the Battle of Trafalgar, 1805
The first of three ?Sea Images?, is an upbeat orchestral piece, featuring a genuine ship?s bell. Trafalgar was in part, inspired by the immortal words of Lord Nelson: "England expects that every man will do his duty". The natural rhythm of those words became the hook for the refrain, which on this track is heard on the orchestra alone. On track 25, it is heard on orchestra with added male choir, the men singing gustily, representing the sailors. The middle section, with its jaunty arrangement of the legendary sailor?s Hornpipe, has variations on woodwind, answered by violins, oboes, lots of percussion and a flourish on brass, culminating in an offbeat rendition of "Rule Britannia!". After a quick key-change, the Trafalgar theme returns con brio in counterpoint with the hornpipe - heralding victory and a grand finale. Trafalgar is respectfully dedicated to my brother, Commodore James Fanshawe CBE RN.
2 versions recorded on new CD Best of David Fanshawe
1) Orchestra only
2) Orchestra with Male vocals (T.B)
Recorded by Royal Ballet Sinfonia, conducted by Paul Murphy, recorded by Mike Ross-Trevor, produced by Philip Lane, orchestration by Gary Carpenter.