1A short ceremonial tune or flourish played on brass instruments, typically to introduce something or someone important.
- The opening movement combines a brass fanfare with a Widorian toccata figure for its music argument.
- Originally improvised (as distinct from military signals), fanfares are used for ceremonial purposes, for example to announce the entrance of a dignitary, and are characterized by reliance on the harmonic series.
- Through a chromatic mist of string ostinatos, a plainsong chorale gradually emerges in the brass climaxing in resplendent fanfares, before fading away into a haze of sound as the procession recedes.
1.1Media attention or elaborate ceremony: he turned 25 on Saturday with little fanfare
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- Some of the biggest names in Bollywood showed up to shower their blessings on as they celebrated their sangeet ceremony with great fanfare.
- Wellingtonians just get on with things, without fuss or fanfare.
- ABOUT FIVE YEARS AGO the University of Adelaide circulated the university's new strategic plan with much fanfare and hype.
Mid 18th century: from French, ultimately of imitative origin.
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