Fanfare of praise : SA choir
by Sandra Milliken (2001)
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Library shelf no. 782.65525/MIL 3 [Not for loan]
Fanfare of Praise is my first published choral composition. The inspiration for it came about through an unusual set of circumstances.
I had been travelling for three months on a Winston Churchill Memorial Fellowship, visiting renowned conductors and choral pedagogues in England, Finland, Sweden, USA and Canada. Towards the end of my fellowship, I had spent some time with the Peninsula Women's Chorus in San Francisco prior to attending an AmericaFest Women's Choral Festival in Seattle. It seemed to me, at this time, that all the wonderful people, places and sounds I had experienced over the past three months were beginning to come together, culminating in my own musical re-awakening.
I was on an Alaskan Airlines flight from Seattle to Los Angeles, on my way home to Australia, when my inflight snack was brought to me. On the tray was a small card on which was printed the following bible verse:
- Psalm 69:30
I looked out the window as we soared above the clouds and suddenly musical ideas sprang to mind. I borrowed a pen from my husband and wrote the basic outline of a composition on a paper serviette. Fanfare of Praise was born! To this day, I still don't know why this airline gave out bible verses with its meals. But now, in retrospect, I'm so glad they did. This single event turned out to be the catalyst for my subsequent composing career.
Instrumentation: SSAA divisi choir, unaccompanied with soprano and alto solo.
Duration: 4 min.
Dedication note: Dedicated to Dr Patty Hennings and the Peninsula Women's Chorus, Palo Alto, California
First performance: by Peninsula Women's Chorus — 31 May 03. Peninsula Women's Chorus, Spring Concert, Palo Alto, California USA
Performances of this work
31 May 03: Peninsula Women's Chorus, Spring Concert, Palo Alto, California USA. Featuring Peninsula Women's Chorus.
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