Tuesday, February 14, 2012

NY Philharmonic: Copland's Fanfare For The Common Man



The New York Philharmonic performs Aaron Copland's Fanfare For The Common Man, under the able baton of James Levine. A fanfare is a short piece scored for brass and percussion. Copland wrote the piece in 1942 for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra under conductor Eugene Goossens. Part of its inspiration came from a speech that Henry A. Wallace, U.S. vice president made on May 8, 1942, where he proclaimed the dawning of the "Century of the Common Man." It is highly popular piece, and has found its way in many productions and venues, including on the Space Shuttle Atlantis.

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