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In this day and age : fanfare for orchestra

by James Ledger (2001)

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Performance by Adelaide Symphony Orchestra from the CD Ascension and descend

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In this day and age : for symphony orchestra / James Ledger.

Library shelf no. Q 784.21892/LED 1 [Available for loan]

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Work Overview

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 dramatically mutated.
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.

Work Details

Year: 2001

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.

Commission note: Commissioned by Symphony Australia for performance by Adelaide Symphony Orchestra with funds provided by Australia Council.

First performance: by Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Bernhard Gueller — 20 Apr 01. Festival Theatre, Adelaide

One of a series of fanfares commissioned to mark the Centenary of Federation.


Performances of this work

23 Jan 2010: at Symphony in the Domain (The Domain). Featuring Sydney Symphony, Paul Kildea.

20 Apr 01: Festival Theatre, Adelaide . Featuring Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Bernhard Gueller.

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