Jordan Halaseh (Age 17), East Keilor VIC

Composition: Fanfare in C Major

My name is Jordan Halaseh and I am in year 11 at Penleigh and Essendon a Grammar School. I have been playing the trombone for 9 years and the piano for 10 years. I am currently working on my grade 8 piano exam and VCE trombone for music performance. I have been studying AMEB music theory for 5 years. I am part of my schools senior stage band, senior orchestra and senior concert band. I have been in all these ensembles for 6 years. I like arranging pieces for my schools Brass Quintet which I am also a part of and I am also part of my schools Brass ensemble which perform at an annual Carole service which my school hosts. I really enjoy music and I see it as a totally different language that only few people really get to understand.

Composition Inspiration

When writing this composition I sat on the piano playing melodies to brainstorm different rhythms. I preferred dotted rhythms as my inspiration was Tchaikovsky’s 1812 overture. I really enjoyed the live canons which I thought was very innovative. I wanted to imitate its distinct dotted rhythms as you can hear in the first section of the piece. I also wanted to imitate its grand crescendo which continually grows throughout the piece.