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Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman No III

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Joan Tower

Joan Tower

General Info

Year: 1991
Duration: c. 4:45
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Associated Music Publishers, Inc.
Cost: Score & Parts - Rental   |   Score Only - $29.95


Full Score

Quintet I: C Trumpet I-II
Horn in F

Quintet II: C Trumpet I-II
Horn in F


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Third Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman was commissioned by Carnegie Hall in collaboration with the Empire Brass quintet and members of the New York Philharmonic brass section to help celebrate the hall's 100th anniversary.

This fanfare is part of a trilogy of fanfares, the first of which was written for the Houston Symphony for the sesquicentennial of the state of Texas. Knowing Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man and being a great admirer of his music, I decided not only to write a tribute to him, but to balance things out a little by writing something for women -- in this case, for women who are adventurous and take risks. The second fanfare was commissioned by Absolute Vodka, and premiered at Avery Fisher Hall in 1989. That piece is dedicated to Joan Briccetti, general manager of the Saint Louis Symphony. The third fanfare is scored for two brass quintets that are partially antiphonal. There are motifs that are tossed back and forth, between the two horns and the four trumpets, and between the two quintets.

The Third Fanfare is dedicated with admiration and love to Frances Richard, director of the Symphony and Concert Department at ASCAP.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of Texas (Austin) Wind Ensemble (Jerry Junkin, conductor) – 24 November 2019
  • Boston (Mass.) University Wind Ensemble (David Martins, conductor) – 10 April 2018
  • Empire Brass Quintet and members of the New York Philharmonic (Zubin Mehta, conductor) - 5 May 1991 *Premiere Performance*

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Tower, J. (1991). Third Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman [score]. Associated Music Publishers: New York.