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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:
  • 25 NOV 2018
    Orvis Auditorium, Honolulu, HI
    University of Hawaii Wind Ensemble
    Jeffrey Boeckman, conductor
  • 30 NOV 2018
    Popejoy Hall, UNM Campus, Albuquerque, NM
    University of New Mexico
    Eric Rombach-Kendall, conductor
  • 08 DEC 2018
    Church of the Epiphany, Washington, DC
    Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic
    Ulysses James, conductor

    Other Dates:
    9 December - George Washington Masonic National Memorial, Alexandria, VA
  • 04 JAN 2019
    Abravanel Hall, Salt Lake City, UT
    Utah Symphony

    Other Dates:
    5 January - Abravanel Hall, Salt Lake City, UT
  • 19 JAN 2019
    Salle de répétition du Conservatoire de musique de Montréal, Montréal, QC, Canada
    Conservatoire de Musique de Montreal
    Andrei Feher, conductor
  • 13 FEB 2019
    Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, MN
    Minnesota Orchestra
    Family/Youth Concert; Akiko Fujimoto, conductor

    Other Dates:
    14 July 2018; 9,8 May; 28 July 2018; 21,22 September 2018; 20 October 2018; 14 February - Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, MN
  • 16 MAR 2019
    Festival Concert Hall, NDSU, Fargo, ND
    Fargo-Moorhead Symphony
    Christopher Zimmerman, conductor

    Other Dates:
    17 March - Festival Concert Hall, NDSU, Fargo, ND
  • 12 APR 2019
    Ware Recital Hall, West Chester, PA
    West Chester University Ensemble
    Andrew Yozviak, 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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