Reworked, remixed and memorized: how the ABC news theme has crept into our hearts

It started as a piece of sound library music and through reworkings, remixes and generations of Australians who grew up hearing it, the Majestic Fanfare became entrenched in Australian consciousness.

Written in 1943 by British composer Charles Williams, the Majestic Fanfare was not really intended to be a standout piece, despite its fanciful name.

The name of the music was about the mood it is meant to evoke, rather than a reflection of the actual instrumentation, as an Australian composer and conductor. Richard Mills told Libby Gore on ABC Radio Melbourne.

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