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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.
Commissioned by Symphony Australia for the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra 2001 subscription series with the assistance by the Commonwealth Government through the Australia Council, its Arts Funding and Advisory Body
29 Jun 2001: Performed by the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra conducted by Arvo Volmer
03 Oct 2001: Performed in a rehearsed reading by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra conducted by Hamish McKeich as part of the NZSO-SOUNZ Readings