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Publisher: AMP

Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman (1986),
Associated Music Publishers Inc
Large Ensemble (7+ players)
Year Composed
3 Minutes
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Programme Note
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:
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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