What could be better than a horn octet? Nothing? How about a double horn Octet?? Still not good enough?
Too bad, because that is what this is. This is the Fanfare for Sixteen Horns by Bruce Broughton. The piece is quite fun. It is loud, big, and has a lot of good sound to it. The performance comes from a premier performance that took place in 2015 at the Mid-South Horn Workshop. The work features the combined octets from the University of Texas-Austin and Oklahoma State University. The performance itself is really good and lot of fun to listen to, and would also be a lot of fun to perform. It is a fairly long fanfare, going at ten to eleven minutes, but the piece works really well and would be a good work to perform for studio recital, assuming the studio has sixteen good horns to perform this work.