Fanfare for the Common Man, the Man and His Music on Aaron Copland

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The CD I review was “Fanfare for the common man, The man and his music on Aaron Copland” conducted Michael Tilson Thomas. The style of music is classical and the music is played by the San Francisco symphony. Michael Tilson Thomas had a personal relationship with Aaron Copland and admired him in many ways.

Aaron Copland was an American composer of concert and film. He was also a well known pianist. He was born in 1900 and died in 1990. The style of music Aaron Copland wrote was modern music with a combination of American folk styles. He has said he wanted his music to make people feel alive and what it’s like to live in Brooklyn where he is from. Aside from composing he was a teacher, writer and critic for music. He studied in Paris and got under the wing of many famous composers. He learned many things and got influenced heavily while studying in Paris. When he returned from Paris he became well known through his composing in ballet, film and musicals, and also his lectures.

The first song on the CD is called “Fanfare for the common man”. This piece was written in 1942 by Aaron Copland for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra under conductor Eugene Goossens. During World War II many composers were asked to create fanfare music to celebrate for the war effort. Fanfares are music pieces representing an army, a leader or a royal person but Aaron Copland had this idea about creating a fanfare for the “common man”, the people themselves. Aaron Copland also uses the piece for the opening of the last movement of his third symphony. It’s now recognized as freedom, free speaking and free music. It’s a short piece written for brass and percussion instruments. There are French horns, trumpets, trombones, tuba, timpani, bass drum and a tam tam. The piece makes you feel happy . It sounds like a victory song. In the piece the trumpets are polyphonic and in between there is a drum playing a different line. The harmony is pleasing and kind of at rest. This makes it...
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