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a flourish or short tune played on brass instruments, used as a military signal, at a ceremonial event, etc.



a ceremonial or military trumpet-sounding, normally consisting of major triads. They also appear in symphonic and operatic music, as in Beethoven’s Fidelio and Leonore overtures nos. 2 and 3, in Verdi’s Aїda, where special instruments are called for, and in Tchaikovsky’s Capriccio italien. Two-part fan fares make wide use of an ascending progression with intervals of a sixth, a fifth, and a third. Fanfares may also be short pieces for trumpets and kettledrums, for trumpets, French horns, and trom bones, or for other instrumental combinations.

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