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Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman No II

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Joan Tower

Joan Tower

General Info

Year: 1989
Duration: c. 2:50
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-III, including:

  • Bass Drum (2)
  • Bell Tree
  • Castanets (mounted)
  • Cymbals (5)
  • Glockenspiel
  • Gong (or Tam-tam) (low)
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Tambourine
  • Temple Blocks (low)
  • Tenor Drum
  • Timbales (2)
  • Tom-toms (low)
  • Triangle
  • Tubular Bells
  • Wood Block (2)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman, No. 2, was commissioned by Absolut Vodka. The premiere performance was on November 29, 1989, with members of the Orchestra of St. Lukes, Peter Connelly, conductor. It is dedicated with affection to the former general manager of the St. Louis Symphony, Joan Briccetti.

- Program Note by composer

Joan Tower’s first Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman pays homage to Aaron Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man, employing its same instrumentation and resembling its first theme. The success of this work sparked four subsequent fanfares, some with enhanced instrumentation. The second fanfare, interestingly commissioned by Absolut Vodka, uses the same instrumentation as the first, with some additional percussion.

In 1997, Tower revised and collected her five fanfares, written between 1986 and 1993, into a single work. More than two decades after her fifth fanfare was completed, her sixth was recently premiered in 2016. Tower states that the fanfares are “dedicated to women who take risks and who are adventurous.”

- Program Note from Western Michigan University Symphonic Band concert program, 23 February 2018


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Tower, J. (1989). Second Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman [score]. Associated Music Publishers: New York, N.Y.