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Joan Tower

Publisher: AMP

Second Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman (1989)
Associated Music Publishers Inc
Large Ensemble (7 or more players)
Year Composed
5 Minutes

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Joan Tower Second Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman (1989)
Composer Note:

Second Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman, commissioned by Absolut Vodka, is the second composition in what will be a trilogy of fanfares. Scored for brass and percussion (3 trumpets, 4 horns, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, and 3 percussion), it is 4 ½ minutes in length. The first fanfare was composed for the Houston Symphony [for the sesquicentennial of the state of Texas] in 1986. At that time, Aaron Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man inspired both the music (theme and instrumentation) and the title. The second fanfare is a tribute not only to Aaron Copland but also to women who are adventurous and take risks. This work is dedicated with love and admiration to Joan Briccetti, general manager of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra. The third fanfare has been commissioned to celebrate Carnegie Hall’s 100th Anniversary in 1991.

—Joan Tower

  • Ensemble
    Colorado Symphony Orchestra
    Marin Alsop
    Koch Intl. Classics:
Joan Tower’s brief Second Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman [is] a reinterpretation of fanfare conventions that, despite its Coplandesque title and instrumentation, was most un-Coplandesque in its somber, bittersweet tone.
K. Robert Schwartz, Musical America,01/03/1990
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