Interview with the composer of "Felicitous" — Fredrick Schjelderup
The background behind the commission was to use it as a piece that would be worked on during a Yamaha Band Clinic where musicians and conductors from different bands come together.
"I think it's a brilliant idea to commission a piece for an occasion like the Band Clinic. I think both the band members and the conductors appreciate working with new repertoire. I hope that Felicitous will make a great contribution to the repertoire that bands are playing.
It has also been arranged for Fanfare bands which is something new for Fredrick.
"I've written a lot of music for brass and wind bands over the years, so arranging this piece for fanfare band was an exciting new experience. I think it's a very interesting type of band in terms of the instrumentation and scoring. I'm familiar with all of the instruments from writing brass and wind music, but the scoring process for fanfare bands is different. In addition to reading fanfare scores, I got a few tips on scoring for fanfare bands from Tijmen Botma along the way. Getting started on a new project is always enjoyable, especially when it's a project for a new ensemble. "I want to thank Yamaha Music Europe for giving me the opportunity to write a piece for their Band Clinic (both for brass band and fanfare band). I think that many bands all over the world would like to commission new works, but they don't always have the funding for it. By commissioning new pieces for the Band Clinic, Yamaha Music Europe is giving bands the opportunity to discover and perform new music".