Title: Élan: Sesquie for Canada's 150th
Year Completed: 2016
Duration: 2 mins
Instrumentation: 2222/4221/timp+2/str
Credits: Commissioned for the 150th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada. For the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra.
Premiere: May 13, 2017 Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra, Saskatoon / September 19, 2017 Toronto Symphony Orchestra

Purchase/Rent: Canadian Music Centre

Élan is a short energetic fanfare composed in a post-minimalist style. The term Élan means “with a vigorous spirit or enthusiasm” and originates from the French terminology to rush and to launch. Keeping in character the work essentially launches us into a fast rush to the finish line. One in a series of fanfares commissioned by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, in celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada, with financial assistance from the Government of Canada.



2 Flutes
2 Oboes
2 Clarinets in A
2 Bassoons

4 Horns in F
2 Trumpets in C
2 Tenor Trombones
1 Bass Trombone
1 Tuba

1 Timpani
2 Percussion*


* Percussion: Snare Drum, Crash Cymbals, Marimba

Derek Charke Elan