This fanfare for full orchestra was “…refreshing… (Its) gradual thickening of layers of bird calls to abrasive Varesian dissonances near the end had a concise dramatic momentum and coherence.” lan Dando, NZ Listener. (It) “…begins with sounds that could only be New Zealand ones.” LCM Saunders, NZ Herald.
Cloud Fanfares is one of ten fanfares for orchestra commissioned in 1990 by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra to celebrate its tenth anniversary.
This celebration coincided also with the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi and the opening of the Aotea Centre in Auckland. More specifically Cloud Fanfares is a musical symbol of discovery. To the explorers of the Pacific Ocean, clouds were a confirmation that land was near. These ‘Cloud’ Fanfares thus celebrate the discovery of Pacific islands and in particular Aotearoa-New Zealand.
Compass is a reflection of the choices that shape our life and the lives of others. These choices shape our identity, our state, and the world we share. Like many of my works, Compass is strongly influence by landscape and seascape.
Auckland City is a harbour city and often referred to as the ‘City of Sails’. This short fanfare composed in 2002 is a salute to the sailing vessels that sail and race with pride on Auckland’s sparkling Waitemata Harbour.
The opening piece of an orchestral concert has traditionally been the ubiquitous “overture”; whether it be a concert piece of short duration, or a real overture belonging to a stage work. A “fanfare”, however, conjures up visions of red-coated trumpeters standing majestically in a row and playing as loudly as possible! An orchestral fanfare to open a concert is an unusual animal, somewhat akin to the “concerto for orchestra”, and can happily be left open to interpretation by the lucky composer who gets to write one. Fanfare for a City begins with a brief opening brass chorale hinting at things to come, a fanfare with a sense of excitement and jubilation culminating in a return to the opening chorale written in Bach style that would never have been written by Bach. Fanfare for a City was commissioned by Symphony Australia for the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra’s 2001 subscription series.
This fanfare is dedicated to Sir Barry Curtis, with grateful thanks for his many years of support for the Manukau City Symphony Orchestra. The first thirty seconds refer back to the opening of The Journey, written for the opening concert at this Genesis Theatre, which has since become home for the orchestra. The piece then moves into a celebratory fanfare, with the opening melody reappearing and merging with the fanfare at the end.
Spirit Breathe One into many In the hush the first hint of a breeze Slowly the rim of the world lightens Dull red blazing to white gold.
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.