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Concert is published on 26 November 2020 12:00

Fanfare for the Common Man & Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman No 1

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Fanfares for princes, courts and kings used to be everyday food. But during the Second World War, Aaron Copland wrote his tribute to the common man, and American composer Joan Tower wrote her versions of “the uncommon woman” in a suite ranging from the 1980s to the 2010s.

Aaron Copland | Fanfare for the Common Man
The Fanfare for the Common Man from 1942 was commissioned as one of many other fanfares for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. The title was a matter of the heart for Copland, this was not a fanfare for any president, potentate or king, but for the common man. A tribute to the people who quietly did their duty during World War II.

Joan Towers | Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman No 1
As you can imagine, this fanfare was written as a female equivalent to Aaron Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man and was intended to be performed together with this piece at concerts. Joan Tower’s fanfare was dedicated to the conductor Marin Alsop and begins with a flourishing opening which then gallops forward with elements of percussion such as glockenspiel, marimba and drums.

Programme


Aaron Copland Fanfare for the Common Man


Joan Towers Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman No 1


Participants


Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra


Santtu-Matias Rouvali conductor


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