Listen to Abhinav’s original composition submitted with his entry.

Abhinav Ananth [Age 14, NSW]

Composition: Assembly of the Falcons

To me, music is the physical embodiment of the myriad of thoughts which a human can develop; it is one of the best forms of expression, and when conveyed correctly, it can easily convey a deep meaning to the audience.

My name is Abhinav Ananth, and I am a student in Year 10 at St. Paul’s Grammar School. I started learning the piano when I was 6. Then, I started cello when I was 8. After I moved to Australia, I briefly learnt the guitar. Although I no longer learn guitar, I have expanded my musical knowledge by teaching myself the ukulele, bass guitar and drums. I can also operate Cubase Elements, Musescore & Sibelius.

My musical awards and accomplishments are as follows:

  • Membership in ensembles at various schools; most recently, 7 ensembles (playing Piano, Cello, Percussion, and Vocals) at St. Paul’s Grammar School.
  • Honorable mention, in the Golden Key Composition Festival, 2019/2020.
  • The Robert Hodgson Memorial Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music 7-12, at The Hills Grammar School, 2020.
  • 1st place in Lower Strings, in the Hills Shire Orchestra Competition (The Planets Suite by Gustav Holst), 2020.

Composition inspiration

When making this fanfare, I had a look at some previous examples of fanfares which had won the competition. I was impressed, but I did notice that none of these fanfares had adhered to traditional convention. I wanted to make a fanfare that was unique, but somewhat familiar to people; somewhat traditional. Because of this, I wanted it to be fairly pompous and organised.

I decided to use a 4/4 time signature, and the fanfare was in B flat major. I originally stuck with an instrumentation of two trumpets, a sousaphone, and a tuba, but I had to rearrange it when looking at the instrumentation list. The initial motif was inspired by Bill Evan’s When I Fall In Love, but most other ideas in the song were either ideas that I had constructed, or ideas that I had subconsciously remembered from a very long time ago.

The gradual key change from Bb major to F major to Db major and back again in that order was meant to represent a transition from the real world to the celestial world, and back again. I didn’t come up with a title until submission, yet the transition gave me an aerial inspiration; thus, Assembly of the Falcons was born.