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New Year Fanfare

for orchestra

Year:  1994   ·  Duration:  4m 30s
Instrumentation:  3*23*2*; 4231; 4 perc., timp.; strings | (Perc: 4 antique cymbals, susp. cym, crash cym, tam-tam, whip, ratchet, xylo., vib., celesta, timbales, tn. drum, bd. drum)

Year:  1994
Duration:  4m 30s
Instrumentation  3*23*2*; 4231; 4 perc., tim...

Composer:   Helen Bowater


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New Year Fanfare attempts to capture the spirit of a New Year's Eve spent in Yogyakarta, Java. The main street "Jalan Malioboro" was thronging with jubilant crowds blowing countless varieties of hooters ingeniously created from recycled junk. The sounds of these hooters, transformed, and the influence of Indonesian gamelan are striking in this extrovert piece.

New Year Fanfare was composed for the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra while I was their resident composer in 1994.

– Helen Bowater

Commissioned note

Commissioned by Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and written during composer's residency there

Performance history

19 May 1994: Performed by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and broadcast live by Radio New Zealand Concert
Featuring: Radio New Zealand Concert

05 Dec 1998: Performed by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra conducted by Kenneth Young in 1998 as part of the New Music New Zealand Festival in Edinburgh

13 Feb 2007: Pacific Dreaming

17 Mar 2012: Hear and Now: New Music from New Zealand and Australia

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