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Mitchell Brown (Age 21, NSW)

FANFARE: Fanfare in Eb

Mitchell Brown is an emerging musician and composer from Taree, NSW. He is currently a first-year student studying a Bachelor of Music (Composition) at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Mitch began studying classical piano at age 5 and then clarinet at age 11, and has recently completed his LmusA Diploma in Piano Performance and AmusA for Clarinet Performance. He began composing his own works at age 16, mainly for solo piano and wind ensemble. As a young performer Mitch had the opportunity to tour Spain and Portugal with the Hunter Wind Ensemble, perform onstage at the Opera House in the State Wind Band Ensemble, and had his own composition “In Flanders Fields” for wind ensemble and choir premiered by local ensembles. Mitch is currently working on professionally publishing several of his wind band works in Australia and the USA, and has also recently began delving into electronic and film music. Mitchell’s main compositional influences include the mesmerising minimalism of Philip Glass, John Adams and Andrew Shapiro, the lush harmonies of Debussian impressionism, and the complex multi-metric rhythms of Armenian jazz pianist Tigran Hamasyan.

Composition Inspiration

My composition ‘Fanfare in Eb’ takes a lot of inspiration from the traditional regal fanfare, with a few added twists. One of the most characteristic features of my fanfare is the jolting quintuplet ostinato in the brass, which propels the piece forward into the energetic multi-metric section and triumphant finish.