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Fanfare for a newborn child


Fanfare for a newborn child was written as a christening present for my nephew and godson, Andrew O’Reilly. Instead of brass and drums, massed string harmonics and an irregular woodblock metronome announce the arrival of a new life—the image I had was of imaginary fairy trumpets played in the far distance.

Originally these fanfares were to open the piece, preceded by a short flourish, but this flourish grew and became the bulk of the work. Fragments of melodic lines and fanfares, loops and scales whirl around the orchestra forming a kind of moto perpetuo. The orchestra is used as a continually changing chamber ensemble with the energy level maintained permanently high, but with quiet, sotto voce dynamics for the most part. The only tutti occurs when the various elements are piled on top of each other at the end of the section, which suddenly coalesces into the fanfare proper.

from notes by Martin Suckling © 2013


The Panufnik Legacies, Vol. 1
Studio Master: LSO5061Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

Track-specific metadata for LSO5061 track 8

Recording date
28 October 2012
Recording venue
LSO St Luke's, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Jonathan Stokes
Recording engineer
Neil Hutchinson
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  1. The Panufnik Legacies, Vol. 1 (LSO5061)
    Disc 1 Track 8
    Release date: May 2013
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