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Fanfare from the Hamlet incidental music

Geoffrey Simon and the London Symphony Orchestra performance of the Hamlet incidental music features an extra fanfare in act three (track 10 on Chandos CHAN 10108 / 9191). I looked through the score from Polnoe sobranie sochinenii and was unable to locate any corresponding part.

Does anyone know where does this fanfare come from?

Shenda Gu.

The liner notes for the LSO/Simon recording say that this fanfare was discovered among the orchestral parts when the piece was recorded. Like the earlier Fanfare (Act II, No. 5a), it was probably added during rehearsals for the piece, but because the only surviving source isn't in Tchaikovsky's hand, the fanfare hasn't been definitively authenticated as his own work.

Brett Langston

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