Fanfare is a one-act ballet made by New York City Ballet ballet master Jerome Robbins to Benjamin Britten's The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, Op.34 (1945), in celebration of the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. The premiere took place on the night of the coronation, Tuesday, June 2, 1953 at City Center of Music and Drama, New York.
The Young Person's Guide begins with variations and ends with a fugue on a theme by Henry Purcell. The dancers portray the individual instruments of the symphony orchestra, introduced by a "majordomo" on stage reading Britten's explanatory text from the score.
2008 Spring – Jerome Robbins celebration
- Matthew Naughtin, Ballet Music, 2014, p. 223.