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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.

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