Sunday, December 31, 2017

Emerson, Lake & Palmer: Fanfare for the Common Man (1977)

“Hope” is the thing with feathers -
That perches in the soul -
And sings the tune without the words -
And never stops - at all -

Emily Dickinson, 1862

Fanfare for the Common Man, written by Aaron Copland [1900–1990] in 1942 and premiered in 1943 by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra is here performed by Emerson, Lake & Palmer (ELP).

This adaptation of it is here rehearsed by Keith Emerson (keyboards), Greg Lake (singer and bassist) & Carl Palmer (drummer and percussionist) of British progressive rock band, Emerson, Lake & Palmer (ELP) at the cold confines of the Olympic Stadium in Montreal during the winter of 1977; you can hear the rock group’s concert performance of this piece, which took place on August 26, 1977, at the same Olympic Stadium in Montreal [here]. This rock adaptation is wonderful and inspiring; you can feel the righteous anger and the disappointment as well as the spirit of hope and imagination to overcome it, eventually rising to the top. Many other fine performances exist: the fusing of philharmonic orchestra and rock [here]; and Aaron Copland conducting the New York Philharmonic in 1958 [here.] Two of the three original members of ELP died in 2016: Greg Lake (aged 69) of cancer; and Keith Emerson (aged 71) by his own hand.

I wish one and all a happy new year with the hope that 2018 is filled with an overflowing of peace, prosperity and joy. And also a fulfillment of some small measure of hope.

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