Fanfare for the Common Man
Aaron Copland

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The second of Copland's 3 entries in the Ultimate Hall of Fame. This peaked at number 119 in 2003.

By the time he reached the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in 1931, Eugene Goossens (not to be confused with his violinist father Eugene Goossens or his conductor grandfather Eugene Goossens) had already made his name as conductor of his own orchestra and, before that, as assistant conductor to Thomas Beecham at the Queen's Hall Orchestra.

For the 1942 and 1943 seasons, Goossens commissioned several prominent composers to provide concert fanfares, to be played at various subscription concerts across the two years. The 15th fanfare, premiered on 12th March 1943, by Copland, is the only one still in the repertoire today. Scored originally for horns, trumpets, trombones, tuba and percussion, Copland used it just three years later as the theme for the last movement of his Symphony No.3.