Fanfare For The Common Man


Something for the weekend.  Fanfare for the Common Man by Aaron Copeland, performed by Woody Herman and the Thundering Herd in Nice, France in 1979.  Compare and contrast with this non-jazzed up version.

4 Responses to Fanfare For The Common Man

  1. i. says:

    mcclarey, you don’t know jack about the common man.

    admit it, you’re just posting this stuff about aaron copland because he’s the so-called “dean of americanIST composers, with works glorifying the violent manifest destiny of the frontier rapists and murderers.

    His deification of the american warlords lincoln and washington in “lincoln portrait” and “song of faith” are vomit-inducing americanIST pornography.

  2. Donald R. McClarey says:

    Spoof Alert! Spoof Alert! Spoof Alert! 🙂

  3. Anthony says:

    Who says the state can’t get funky?

    I’ve always loved Copland’s music. I played trumpet in my high school’s marching band and his Appalachian Spring became my favorite piece then. Cliché I know, but true. There was always a heroism paired with sadness and joy I seemed to hear in his orchestrations.

    That being said… I will admit that my attitude towards his work has dulled the more wary of the state I’ve become. 😉

  4. Emilio III says:

    Personally, I prefer PDQ Bach’s “Fanfare for the Common Cold”

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