Listen to Taylee’s original composition submitted with her entry.
Taylee Jurekie-Rofe (Age 15, Qld)
My name is Taylee Jurekie-Rofe and I am 15 years old. I am currently a Grade Ten student at Mansfield State High School in Brisbane, Queensland. From a young age, I was surrounded by music and started self-teaching the piano. I picked up the flute when I was nine years old through the school music program and started playing the oboe two years ago.
I first got into composing orchestral scores last year when I joined the school orchestra. Most of the music I write is inspired by a variety of famous composers including Rachmaninoff, Debussy and Liszt. When writing music, I try to incorporate interesting chord progressions, harmonic rhythm and contrasting textures to keep the piece exciting and enjoyable to listen to.
I am currently an active participant in two school ensembles and have started arranging music for school jazz bands. I also enjoy busking regularly at the local Saturday Markets with my friend. These opportunities have allowed me to find my passion for music whilst being able to extend my musical knowledge.
The purpose of my fanfare was to build excitement and suspense. At the start of the piece, the glockenspiel and simple string accompaniment play with piano dynamics, allowing for a crescendo before the main melody starts which builds up suspense and tension. The main theme for my composition is simple and catchy with the purpose of grabbing the audience’s attention. I have relied heavily on the bold and brassy timbre of the trumpet and trombone to create a heroic mood. Additionally, I used triplet quavers throughout the piece in the upper woodwinds, horn, brass melody, snare drum and strings to add rhythm and drive to the piece.