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fanfare for orchestra

Year:  1990   ·  Duration:  6m
Instrumentation:  2*2*2*2*; 4231; timp., 2 perc.; strings | (Perc: xylophone, woodblocks, tam-tam, clash cymbals, 4 tom-toms, large log drum, glockenspiel)

Year:  1990
Duration:  6m
Instrumentation  2*2*2*2*; 4231; timp., 2 pe...

John Elmsly

Composer:   John Elmsly

Films, Audio & Samples

NZSO, Hamish McKeich (conductor), 2013 NZSO-RNZ Concert-SOUNZ Recordings

John Elmsly: Intoit - AUDIO

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NZSO, Odaline de la Martinez (conductor), 1992

John Elmsly: Intoit - AUDIO

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It is in the nature of a greeting prelude, with sounds of welcome from the orchestra: a summoning and gathering. There are hints of the Pacific in the music, in the melody, the simple rhythmic games and the percussion sounds, and the musical language is a celebration of things I find attractive about tonality. All of the music is built from a short melody which is viewed from several angles before a vigorous conclusion.

Commissioned note

Commissioned by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra in 1990, and first performed in a subscription series as part of a series of fanfares commissioned from twelve Auckland composers.

Performance history

29 Mar 1990: Performed by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by John Hopkins at the ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre, in Auckland.

28 Nov 1992: Performed by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, conductor Odaline de la Martinez

28 Nov 2013: New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Hamish McKeich (conductor). Recorded by RNZ Concert as part of the 2013 NZSO-RNZ Concert-SOUNZ Recordings.

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