Print Digg


The Intersection of Science, Art, Music & Humanities

Fanfare for the Common Man

Sunday, July 03, 2016

The above video features Leonard Bernstein discussing the beautiful diversity in American music and introducing Aaron Copland conducting his Third Symphony.

Copland opens with Fanfare for the Common Man, which seems most appropriate for the July 4, 2016, Sunday Morning Stop at the Intersection of Science, Art, Music and Humanities.

The featured fanfare was written on request from Eugene Goossens, conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, in response to the US entry into the Second World War.  

During the First World War, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra asked British composers for a fanfare to begin each of their orchestral concerts. It was so successful, Goossens commissioned 18 American composers to write fanfares for World War II concerts. 

Other titles Aaron Copland considered were: Fanfare for the Spirit of Democracy and Fanfare for Four Freedoms, which referred to the famous 1941 speech by President Roosevelt that listed the four freedoms people worldwide should enjoy:

freedom of speech;
freedom of religion;
freedom from want;
freedom from fear.

Maybe it's time for another orchestra leader to use Copland's unused title and commission a reminder Fanfare for Four Freedoms.

Ellen Troyer, with Spencer Thornton, MD, and the Biosyntrx staff


Here's wishing all of our readers a safe, thoughtful and fun- filled 4th of July holiday weekend with family and friends.