Fanfare for Bert

year: 2003    instrumentation: orchestra   

A Tribute to Bert Kaempfert (born Berthold Kämpfert; 16 October 1923 – 21 June 1980), a German orchestra leader and songwriter. He made easy listening and jazz-oriented records and wrote the music for a number of well-known songs, including “Strangers in the Night” and “Moon Over Naples”. The LP entitled A Swingin’ Safari was heavily influenced by South African “kwela” style music, containing versions of “Zambesi”, “Wimoweh”, “Skokiaan”, and “Afrikaan Beat”, as well as the title track, which made Kaempfert an early exponent of world music.

Jack discusses the work with Radio New Zealand Concert's David Morriss shortly before its premiere by the Auckland Philharmonia, below:

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