Fanfare for Orchestra was commissioned as part of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra’s Composer-in-Residence programme to open a special concert to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II. This short work for large orchestra follows an A-B-A structure with the archetypal brass fanfare is framed by the “bustling crowd” analogy of the other orchestral sections with much jazz-like syncopation.
This mystical poem by the Persian 13th Century poet, Rumi, makes links between music, love and people’s ability to reflect spiritual principles. The setting requires a very competent choir with awareness of mood changes between the statements ‘we are the flute’. The placement of the small number of sopranos at a distance will enhance the ethereal effects.