In this day and age : fanfare for orchestra
by James Ledger (2001)
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The opening of In this Day and Age was an idea I had
before I was commissioned to write a fanfare by the Adelaide
Symphony Orchestra. The blaring trumpet and drums seemed to be an
ideal beginning for an orchestral fanfare. Whilst the
instrumentation here is typical of a heraldic trumpet call, (for
example, Handel's Music for the Royal Fireworks or Alfred
Newman's 20th Century Fox fanfare), the rhythms have been
In addition to these rhythmic passages that lace the piece, there are improvised moments - players are asked to play notes randomly to a given rhythm, - this was my "Australianism" in the piece, a kind of "make it up as we go" idea.
The piece is predominately optimistic - as most fanfares are, there are however, quiter moments of reflection.
Instrumentation: 3 flutes, 2 oboes, cor anglais, 2 clarinets in B flat, bass clarinet, 3 bassoons, 4 horns, 3 trumpets in C, 2 trombones, bass trombone, tuba, timpani, percussion (2 players), harp, strings.
Duration: 5 min.
Difficulty: Advanced — Professional.
One of a series of fanfares commissioned to mark the Centenary of Federation.
- In the form/style of: Fanfares
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