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Copland: “Fanfare for the Common Man”

April 4, 2021

New York Philharmonic

Aaron Copland composed “Fanfare for the Common Man” in 1942 during WWII as part of the war effort. He settled on this title because, as he put it, “It was the common man, after all, who was doing all the dirty work in the war and the army.” He later added, “He deserved a fanfare.” Today, the title could just as easily apply to the healthcare workers and other essential frontline workers who have helped us through the COVID-19 pandemic. This newly recorded performance was conducted by David Robertson in January 2021 at St. Bartholomew’s Church.

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