Fanfare for the Common Man

From Wind Repertory Project
Aaron Copland

Aaron Copland

General Info

Year: 1942 / 1944
Duration: c. 3:00
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestral brass and percussion
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $29.50


Full Score
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion, (2 players), including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Tam-tam


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

From the concert stage to the gridiron halftime show, the Montreal Olympics and television commercials, Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man has challenged performers and excited listeners. The score was written in 1943 "for the common man, who, after all, was doing all the dirty work in the war and in the army. He deserved a fanfare." Copland later used it as an integral part of his Third Symphony.

- Program note for Program Notes for Band

In the summer of 1942, Eugene Goosens asked eighteen American composers to contribute patriotic fanfares for performance by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra during its 1942-43 season. Ten of these were written for brass and percussion alone and were selected for publication. These works were not only to enrich the literature for brass and percussion but to pay tribute to all those involved in World War II.

Among those composers participating were Paul Creston, Walter Piston, Howard Hanson, Deems Taylor, Virgil Thomson, Bernard Wagenaar, and Aaron Copland.

The titles were selected by the composers themselves, and it is not surprising that Aaron Copland should have chosen to do honor to the man who performs no deeds of heroism on the battlefield but who shares the labors, sorrows, and hopes of those who strive for victory.

- Program Note from publisher


Audio: Reference recording. University of Florida Wind Symphony (David Waybright, conductor)

State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Rockford (Ill.) Wind Ensemble (Ken Goodman, conductor) - 23 October 2022
  • University of Tulsa (Okla.) Wind Ensemble (Andrew Anderson, conductor) - 28 February 2022
  • University of California, Los Angeles, (UCLA) Wind Ensemble (Travis J. Cross, conductor) – 6 November 2021
  • California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Wind Ensemble (Christopher J. Wodruff, conductor) – 30 October 2021
  • United States Air Force Band (Washington, D.C.) (Don Schofield, conductor) - 3 July 2021
  • South Dakota State University (Brookings) Wind Symphony (Jacob Wallace, conductor) - 12 February 2021
  • University of Wyoming (Laramie) Wind Symphony (Robert Belser, conductor) - 5 November 2020
  • Appalachian State University (Boone, N.C.) Brass Ensemble (John Stanley Ross, conductor) – 8 October 2020
  • University of South Florida (Tampa) Wind Ensemble (Matthew McCutchen, conductor) – 25 September 2020
  • United States Marine Band (Washington, D.C.) (Bryan P. Sherlock, conductor) – 23 February 2020
  • University of Colorado Boulder Wind Symphony (Donald J. McKinney, conductor) – 6 February 2020
  • The Ohio State University (Columbus) Wind Symphony (Russel C. Mikkelson, conductor) – 4 December 2019
  • University of Cincinnati (Ohio) College-Conservatory of Music Wind Symphony (Kevin Michael Holzman, conductor) – 26 November 2019
  • United States Army Field Band (Ft. Meade, Md.) (Jim R. Keene, conductor) – 12 November 2019 (High Point, N.C.)
  • University of Southern California (Los Angeles) Thornton Wind Ensemble (Sharon Lavery, conductor) – 1 November 2019
  • Rowan University (Glassboro, N.J.) Wind Ensemble (Joseph Higgins, conductor) – 2 May 2019
  • Oklahoma State University (Stillwater) Wind Ensemble (Joseph Missal, conductor) – 31 March 2019
  • University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) Symphony Band (Michael Haithcock, conductor) – 15 March 2019
  • Atascadero (Calif.) Community Band (Randy Schwalbe, conductor) – 3 March 2018

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