Fanfare for the Common Man is a musical work composed in 1942 by the American composer Aaron Copland.

fanfare is a piece of music usually introducing an event or another piece of music. They are most often short, rhythmic, exciting and often loud. Fanfares can be scored for any instruments, but instruments which excel at loud and percussive sounds, such as organ, brass and percussion are most effective.

This fanfare was originally written for the following instruments:

four horns 

three trumpets

three trombones



tam-tam (similar to a gong)

bass drum

The recording above was conducted by Marin Alsop. Marin is an American conductor and violinist. On the 7th September 2013, she became the first female conductor of the Last Night of the Proms concert at Royal Albert Hall.

Marin Alsop is an acclaimed conductor. She has conducted most of the leading U.S. orchestras and many of the most distinguished European orchestras.

Find out more about how to conduct here:

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