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Fanfare Resources

These Fanfare Resources have been created to inspire and aid you while you create your Fanfare. Please explore the documents, sound clips and videos to discover more about Fanfares. (NB: If you are a teacher, please see the PDF entitled 'Teacher Resource' and if you are a young composer entering the competition please see the PDF entitled 'Young Composer'.)

FANFARE TEACHERS RESOURCE (for those teaching 11 - 16)

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This resource contains four discreet projects aiming to support students (aged 11–16) to compose an effective 30-second fanfare. The four projects are of differing lengths and levels of difficulty for use in the classroom.

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The following tracks are suggested listening to link with the Teachers and Young Composers resources. They are a mixture of styles, orchestrations, technique and character. Have a listen.

1. The Big Turtle Fanfare from the South China Sea: György Ligeti.
2. Fanfare for a new theatre: Igor Stravinsky.
3. Fanfare for St Edmundsbury: Benjamin Britten.
4. Tromba Lontana: John Adams.
5. Three pieces for string quartet: Igor Stravinsky
6. Turandot Princess Turandot's leitmotif Jasmine Flower (coming soon)
7. Elektra Agamemnon's Leitmotif (coming soon)
8. Beethoven 5 Symphony (coming soon)
9. Short Ride in a Fast Machine: John Adams


Find out more about how the competition works, discover the history of the fanfare, and listen to composers talk about how they start composing.

About the competition
Film 1: From Rough recording to polished performance

Film 2: Antonio Pappano talks about the competition

Film 3: Arranging a fanfare

Interviews with composers
Film 1: Orlando Gough

What is a fanfare?
Film 1: What is a fanfare?

Film 2: Deconstructing Fanfare for St Edmondsbury by Benjamin Britten

Fanfare examples in opera

Overture to The Rake's Progress: Stravinsky

Triumphal March from Aida, Act II: Verdi

Overture to Die Meistersinger: Wagner