On the occasion of Africa Open's Opening
Commissioned by Africa Open Institute
Publisher: Bardic Edition
Duration: 2 minutes
First performance: Tuesday 9 October 2018, 18h00; Africa Open Institute, 7 Joubert Street, Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa; Musicians of African Open Institute and Stellenbosch Conservatorium.
Fanfares date back particularly to the 19th century as a musical announcement of the arrival of an important person, and were traditionally played by trumpets plus other brass instruments and percussion. In the 20th century it has been more widely used: there are fanfares for all sorts of occasions by Copland, De Falla, Satie and Stravinsky, whose “Fanfare for a New Theatre” partly inspired mine. In the central space it features two trumpets and side drum, with a group of wind and a group of strings in two adjoining spaces.