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Aaron Copland:
What is a Fanfare


The word fanfare comes from a French word that means to blow trumpets. Fanfares have been used for centuries to announce someone or something important. Presidential inaugurations, movies, the Olympics -- they've all had special fanfares written for them.

Music heard in this episode:
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

Other shows about Aaron Copland:
About Aaron Copland
Copland's Cowboy Ballets
Agnes de Mille
Rodeo
Classical Music in Commercials
About Aaron Copland
Tiptoe Through the Fanfare
What's in a Name
Classical Music in Pop

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About Aaron Copland
11/14/1900 - 12/2/1990
Born in America

Aaron Copland is one of the most famous American composers of all time. Copland was born in Brooklyn, New York, and went to France as a teenager to study music with Nadia Boulanger, who helped Copland create his own style.

Copland wrote music with a very "American" sound. Some of his most famous pieces are his ballets -- Billy the Kid, Rodeo, and Appalachian Spring. Billy the Kid and Rodeo are about the Wild West. Copland also wrote music for movies -- Of Mice and Men and Our Town, among others.

One of Copland's best known compostions is Fanfare for the Common Man. Copland wrote it after the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra asked several composers to write fanfares during World War II. Copland's music has become a great part of American history.

See other composers born in America

 

This Week's Quiz:

1. A fanfare is generally played by

brass

strings

woodwinds

piano


2.The French word fanfarer means

to march in a parade

to blow trumpets

to use a fan to cool off

to clap for a favorite performer


3. Where are fanfares NOT used?

sports events

presidential inaugurations

graduations

lullabies



 

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