Reworked, remixed and remembered: how the ABC news theme got into our hearts

It started as a piece of music from the sound library and through reworkings, remixes and generations of Australians hearing it, the Majestic Fanfare has wedged itself into Australian consciousness.

Written in 1943 by British composer Charles Williams, the Majestic Fanfare wasn’t really intended to be a standout piece, despite its fancy-sounding name.

The name of the music was about the atmosphere it should evoke, rather than a reflection of the actual instrumentation, as the Australian composer and conductor Richard Mills told Libby Gore on ABC Radio Melbourne

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