For Lydia at Writerquake
During World War I conductor / composer Eugene Goossens asked British composers for a fanfare to begin each of his orchestral concerts.
This proved to be so successful that he thought to reintroduce the idea in during World War II for the 1942, 43 Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra season, this time using American composers.
He wrote to several American composers including Aaron Copland., suggesting titles such as Fanfare for Soldiers, or sailors or airmen.
Copland considered several titles for his contribution; including Fanfare for a Solemn Ceremony and Fanfare for Four Freedoms.
Much to Goossens' surprise however, Copland titled the piece Fanfare for the Common Man.
Goossens had asked for music that would provide a “stirring contribution to the war effort”
He was not prepared for the strength, power, and awe-inspiring majesty he was about to experience.
Upon listening to the piece he wrote back to Copland
"Its title is as original as its music, and I think it is so telling that it deserves a special occasion for its performance.”
The piece was given a showcase performance –March 12, 1943 at income tax time.
Eighteen fanfares were written at Goossens' behest, and were performed at the opening of each concert given by the CSO.
Fanfare for the Common Man is the only one which remains in the standard repertoire.
As you listen, remember that Aaron Copland wrote this magnificent fanfare
Not for the president – or any world leader
Not for any nobles or royals
Not for any Kings or Queens
Not even for the soldiers…
But for you
For all of us