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Publisher: AMP

Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman (1986),
Associated Music Publishers Inc
Large Ensemble (7 or more players)
Year Composed
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Joan Tower Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman (1986),
Composer Note:

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.

-- Joan Tower

  • Ensemble
    St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
    Leonard Slatkin
    RCA Victor Red Seal:
  • Ensemble
    Colorado Symphony Orchestra
    Marin Alsop
    Koch Intl. Classics:
  • 08 MAY 2019
    Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, MN
    Minnesota Orchestra
    Family/Youth Concert; Akiko Fujimoto, conductor

    Other Dates:
    14 July 2018; 9 May; 28 July 2018; 21,22 September 2018; 20 October 2018; 13,14 February - Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, MN
  • 24 MAY 2019
    Live Garden at Memphis Botanic Gardens, Memphis, TN
    Memphis Symphony Orchestra
    Andrew Crust, conductor
  • 04 JUN 2019
    Lilly Grove Missionary Baptist Church, Houston, TX
    Houston Symphony
    Robert Franz, conductor

    Other Dates:
    5 June - Morton Ranch High School, Katy, TX
    6 June - Dulles High School, Sugar Land, TX
    7 June - North Shore Senior High School, Houston, TX
  • 23 JUN 2019
    St Magnus International Festival 2019
    Pickaquoy Centre Arena, Kirkwall, Orkney, Scotland
    BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
    Ben Gernon, conductor
  • 06 JUL 2019
    Koussevitzky Music Shed, Tanglewood, Lenox, MA
    Boston Symphony Orchestra
    Anne-Sophie Mutter; Andris Nelsons, conductor
  • 01 AUG 2019
    Classical Tahoe Pavillion, Incline Village, NV
    Classical Tahoe Ensemble
    Joel Revzen, conductor
  • 11 AUG 2019
    Hall Auditorium, Petoskey, MI
    Spectrum Brass
    Brian Buerkle, conductor

Joan Tower, the Distinguished Visiting Composer [at the DuMaurier New Music Festival], describes her music as being lyrical. Certainly in her Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman (wonderful title) and her violin concerto there were moments of lyrical beauty, but the prevailing emotion seems to be one of great strength.
Neil Harris, Winnipeg Free Press,24/01/1996
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