What Is a Fanfare?

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Saturday, July 02, 2016

Composer Aaron Copland appears on WQXR. (Harold Stein Photo, WQXR Archive Collections)

One of Aaron Copland's most famous pieces is his "Fanfare for the Common Man." As Classics for Kids begins a series on the great American composer, it first takes a look at the fanfare itself.

A fanfare is a piece of music played by brass instruments to announce something, and it still does. This week, host Naomi Lewin introduces examples of fanfares from the 15th century to modern times. Among the featured works are many familiar themes from movies and television.

Program Playlist:

Anonymous: 15th-century fanfare
Mouret: Rondeau
Dukas: La Peri
Ravel: L’Eventail de Jeanne
Alfred Newman: 20th Century Fox theme
Herbert: Babes in Toyland
Bernstein: "Fanfare for J.F.K."
Williams: "Olympic Fanfare"
Copland: "Fanfare for the Common Man"

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