Monday, July 18, 2011

Music Monday--Aaron Copland

July just seems to lend itself to Aaron Copland. Today's Music Monday is Fanfare for the Common Man, written by Copland and commissioned by conductor Eugene Goossens for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra to stir patriotic spirit after America's entry into the second world war.

You can hear the percussion mimicking the startling roar of the guns in the opening measures and then their echo fades slowly away.

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