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The 'Fanfare of Illumination'

posted 18 Nov 2012, 22:26 by Massimo Guida   [ updated 28 Nov 2012, 13:53 ]
In 2012, I was approached by University College, University of Toronto, to compose an original fanfare for the first annual "University College Alumni of Influence Gala". Through some research, a copy of the University College song was found in the University College Archives, known as the 'University Galop', (the 'Galop' was a French dance, called so due to the use of galloping, dotted rhythms in the accompanying music) composed in 1861, by 'A. Matriculant' and dedicated to his fellow graduands. I decided to incorporate the main theme of the song into certainsections of the fanfare, as well as using the galloping rhythms throughout the work in the underlying texture. I decided to entitle the work "The Fanfare of Illumination" due to the College's Latin Motto Parum claris lucem dare (to shed light upon that which is obscure), which is also a reference to the brilliant colours used in the work and the ways in which the University of Toronto strives to illuminates the minds of its students through the high standards of education that it provides. 'The Fanfare of Illumination' was premiered on November 15th, 2012, at the Eglington Grand Theatre by the University of Toronto Brass Chamber Ensemble, to great acclaim, introduced by Adam Growe of 'Cash-cab' fame, and conducted by Dr Jeffrey Reynolds of the University of Toronto.

I would like to thank everyone at the Faculty of Music, University College, and the many others, who made this opportunity possible; it was a wonderful experience and I hope that the music added to the enjoyment of those extraordinary individuals being honoured that evening, for their outstanding contributions to society.

Massimo Guida.