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Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman No I

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Joan Tower

Joan Tower

General Info

Year: 1987
Duration: c. 3:00
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Associated Music Publishers, Inc.
Cost: Score & Parts - Rental   |   Score Only - $29.95


Full Score
Trumpet (in C) I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion I-II, including:

  • Bass Drum (medium and large)
  • Cymbals (5)
  • Gong (Tam-tam) (high, medium and large)
  • Snare Drum
  • Temple Blocks (medium)
  • Tom-toms
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman, No. 1 was inspired by Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man and employs, in fact, the same instrumentation. In addition, the original theme resembles the first theme in the Copland. It is dedicated to women who take risks and who are adventurous. Written under the Fanfare Project and commissioned by the Houston Symphony, the premiere performance was on January 10, 1987, with the Houston Symphony, Hans Vonk, conductor. This work is dedicated to the conductor Marin Alsop.

- Program Note by Joan Tower


Commercial Discography

State Ratings

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  • Texas Tech University (Lubbock) Concert Band (Ryan Smith, conductor) – 25 February 2019
  • Oklahoma State University (Stillwater) Wind Ensemble (Joseph Missal, conductor) – 12 February 2019
  • University of Georgia (Athens) Hodgson Wind Ensemble (Cynthia Johnston Turner, conductor) – 18 January 2019
  • State University of New York, Fredonia, Wind Ensemble (Paula Holcomb, conductor) - 15 November 2018
  • University of Colorado Boulder Wind Symphony (Donald J. McKinney, conductor) – 15 November 2018
  • University of Cincinnati (Ohio) College-Conservatory of Music Wind Symphony (Kevin Michael Holzman, conductor) – 31 October 2018
  • Wheaton College (Wheaton, Ill.) Symphonic Band (Timothy Yontz, conductor) –14 April 2018
  • University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire Wind Symphony (John R. Stewart, conductor) – 13 October 2017
  • Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Mallory Thompson, conductor) – 3 February 2017
  • University of Houston (Tex.) Moores School of Music Wind Ensemble (David Bertman, conductor) – 13 July 2015 - WASBE Conference, San Jose, Calif.
  • 207 Wind Orchestra (Timothy Burns, conductor) - July 1, 2015
  • Texas Tech University Wind Ensemble (Sarah McKoin, conductor) - 3 November 2009
  • Southern Methodist University Wind Ensemble (Jack Delaney, conductor) - 11 September 2009
  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Wind Ensemble (John Climer, conductor) - 27 February 2009
  • Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (Marin Alsop, conductor) - 17 January 2007

Works for Winds by this Composer


None discovered thus far.