Fanfare for the Common Man (3:16)

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Composed in 1942 (while Copland was working on his Third and final symphony, which uses a reworked version of the Fanfare extensively in its fourth movement). It was written to a commission by Eugène Goossens, conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. According to Copland, Goossens, who had commissioned fanfares from British composers during World War I to begin each orchestral concert, had decided to do so again using American composers. 18 such fanfares were commissioned.

Copland considered several titles including Fanfare for a Solemn Ceremony and Fanfare for Four Freedoms; to Goossens’ surprise, however, Copland titled the piece Fanfare for the Common Man. Goossens wrote “Its title is as original as its music, and I think it is so telling that it deserves a special occasion for its performance. If it is agreeable to you, we will premiere it 12 March 1943 at income tax time”. Copland’s replied that he was “all for honoring the common man at income tax time”.


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  • cheesetrolley

    Magnificent. Makes me think of towering Art Deco skyscrapers, shining brilliantly over the city on a foggy night.

    23 May 2014 Reply
  • saltyknuckles

    Featured on SaltyKnuckles ~ Classics №XIV -

    12 Feb 2014 Reply


    22 May 2013 Reply
  • Gvictor

    This piece makes me want to be 'Murican.

    16 May 2013 Reply
  • Maddieman

    This track should be using the correct recording now.

    10 May 2013 Reply
  • cm79814477

    Having relatives who fought in the war, I see this as a Fanfare or Celebration to the Greatest Generation, those who put lives and home on hold to fight for what we all take for granted today. The Whole of Our World owes them all a debt of Gratitude that cannot be repaid.

    3 Feb 2013 Reply
  • pogopatterson

    Yeah, let's hear it for Mr. Average!

    1 Jan 2013 Reply
  • JookieUk

    Agghh! I nearly jumped out my seat when this started lol *unplugs headphones*

    16 Dec 2012 Reply
  • LOVE8Bella

    Classic end!!!

    17 Apr 2012 Reply
  • greglypoop123

    epic, classic

    11 Apr 2012 Reply
  • bustertheblade

    It hurts.

    22 Mar 2012 Reply
  • rufusdenne

    So incredibly American, in a good way! :)

    27 Feb 2012 Reply
  • angry_young_man

    This isn't Fanfare for the Common Man. It's a funk cover using the same theme. This is really pissing me off. I want to hear the original. Can you report the track?

    17 Feb 2012 Reply
  • IsabelleCorral

    very good

    31 Aug 2011 Reply
  • MavisMosier

    My favorite song of 2009. My favorite song of 2010

    31 Aug 2011 Reply
  • Sitka82

    This was written for the war effort of WWII

    8 Jun 2011 Reply
  • ScottPierson

    Short but one of the most amazing American-created pieces. Makes me think of two football teams lining up for battle!

    6 Jun 2011 Reply
  • odinsothereye

    Copland was a communist? Go him! I mean, given that, it would make sense that he would write music celebrating the common man, so it's nice to hear that his music was consistent with his politics. And anyway, communism in its democratic socialist form is a great idea. Stalinism etc, which involved dictatorship, was obviously no good, but that's not the communism Copland believed in. Just thought I'd clarify.

    4 May 2011 Reply
  • DarkestHorizon

    *Slow-mo walk to space shuttle*

    3 May 2011 Reply
  • barbarahelen66

    One of my old time favourites love It!!

    3 Apr 2011 Reply
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