Birthday Fanfare (1998)

for four tubas or tuba and tape

Written for the 75th anniversary of Rhodes University Music Department, Grahamstown

Publisher: Bardic Edition

Score BD 0813

Duration: c. 2 minutes, 30 seconds


First performance: October 1999; Beethoven Room, Grahamstown, South Africa; Bruce Stevens tuba.

Programme note

I wrote this fanfare for four tubas (or tuba and tape) to mark the 75th anniversary of the Rhodes University Department of Music in 1998, while also demonstrating some of the resources of its newly-opened electroacoustic music studio. I wrote the piece for Bruce Stevens, who having recorded all the parts for the tape was subsequently indisposed at the performance, so he gave the world premiere in absentia. It took place in October 1998.