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The Russian word 'Zarya' came to sudden international prominence in late 1998 when the first module of the international space station was launched. Russian for 'sunrise', the word conjures up ideas of the dawning of a new era, and by association, a new millenium.
The fanfare is basically one long crescendo. Beginning softly, as if the pre-dawn twilight, the music progressively gathers energy by gaining in volume and brightness. The point of sunrise is marked by significant harmonic shift. The music can by heard as a positive affirmation of the progress of the past century and of humanity's relentless quest for knowledge.
Commissioned by Auckland Philharmonia as part of their millennium fanfare series
19 Aug 1999: Performed by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Anthony Halstead
13 Jul 2007: Performed by the National Secondary Schools Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Owen Clarke
16 May 2008: Discover New Zealand Music