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Aaron Copland — Fanfare for the Common Man
Album: Copland: The Music of America (Erich Kunzel, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra)
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8.3

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Total ratings: 1637









Released: 1995
Length: 3:01
Plays (last 30 days): 1
(Instrumental)
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In some amazingly brilliant timing. This just came on as the Queen started to walk down the aisle at Westminster Abbey in today's A Service of Celebration for the Commonwealth. Bill, it's as if you knew...

For a second I thought it was actually on the telly and not on RP
Gives me raging goosebumples, every time!
Our high school band played this semi-regularly in the mid-1970s.  I played cornet; first trumpet, first chair.  Brass sections would blow this with every ounce of strength we had.  Max volume, max brightness, max power.  It produced an aura far beyond our collective abilities.

Still brings tears.  Thanks, BillG.
This piece of music was used in the finale minutes when the Danish radiostation Radio24/7 was closed down by the Danish government on October 31. 2019. A very beautiful piece of music for at very sad moment.
Now, if I could just set this as my alarm.
Has to be one of the best instrumentals of the 20th century. Goosebumps every time.
Automatic leap for the LOUDER button.
Back in the age when art and artists, the government and the national psyche celebrated the common man. 
 BenHM3 wrote:
I fell in love with this song from the Telarc record, played through a pair of Klipschorns at volumes the gods could hear. For more than a decade, this song was used to demo sound systems in Omnimax theaters, from record players kept far away during play lest something very bad happen. It made my brother and I smile every time, it was soaring. Then I decided to play it to honor and welcome my brother home from the hospital. I saw him smile when the first notes played out and the ambulance crew were a little puzzled. That was his last day and now the song brings me to tears every time. But don’t stop playing it, I’ll keep remembering those times when the new bosses got their first taste of “oh wow” when that song blasted from many-kilowatt multi-channel soundsystems.
 
Touching... 
I fell in love with this song from the Telarc record, played through a pair of Klipschorns at volumes the gods could hear. For more than a decade, this song was used to demo sound systems in Omnimax theaters, from record players kept far away during play lest something very bad happen. It made my brother and I smile every time, it was soaring. Then I decided to play it to honor and welcome my brother home from the hospital. I saw him smile when the first notes played out and the ambulance crew were a little puzzled. That was his last day and now the song brings me to tears every time. But don’t stop playing it, I’ll keep remembering those times when the new bosses got their first taste of “oh wow” when that song blasted from many-kilowatt multi-channel soundsystems.
Copland - one of Stallone's better movies
For me this is as majestic and recognizable as the opening moments of Beethoven's 5th Symphony.  And as noted by a YouTube commentator you could consider this piece a world anthem for the human species.  

Highlow
American Net'Zen
Arguably the greatest American piece of "classical music"
Actually thought this was originally ELP:)
Why does Bill play certain mega-awesome songs so rarely? This could go into rotation at least once a quarter, don't you think?
Music from back in the day when the common man was an aspiration and an American ideal. Like those who erected the Empire State Building in less than a year, or the farmers who fed millions without corporate corruption or massive pollution. 
Jurassic parc 8 ??
Where is the video ?? 
 folkrocker wrote:
I especially love the Emerson Lake and Palmer version of this!
 
Epic! <3 
 folkrocker wrote:
I especially love the Emerson Lake and Palmer version of this!
 
Love that too. I can only expect that the 13% who voted less than a '7' don't like instrumental or classical music. At any rate, I don't care!!! *10*
I especially love the Emerson Lake and Palmer version of this!
And I like Copeland but isolated as this was it felt pompous to the point of caricature. 
Interesting and lovely juxtaposition of trumpets and dreams between Copland's majestic soaring "Fanfare for the Common Man" and Calexico's depiction of pain and loss along the border in their retelling of Fuentes' "The Crystal Frontier".
 mgkiwi wrote:
President Trump's entrance music!!

 
To be followed by the Les Miserables track "Can you hear the people sing"!!!
Great theme for a Monty Python film
 VH1 wrote:

Just shows what an unecudcated freaking idiot he is..."FANFARE FOR THE COMMON MAN" ???

He is a "common man"? Yeah right!

He hasn't got the foggiest about being "common".  

Stupid idiot!  

 
Yes, well, you've surely proven here that you're very common.
 Hannio wrote:
LOL.  Much derangement here.

 
Agree!  MAGA!!!
LOL.  Much derangement here.
Make Radio Paradise Great Again...
 
mgkiwi wrote:
President Trump's entrance music!!

 
Just shows what an unecudcated freaking idiot he is..."FANFARE FOR THE COMMON MAN" ???

He is a "common man"? Yeah right!

He hasn't got the foggiest about being "common".  

Stupid idiot!  
Wow this song is just playing at the right moment...just as I met a beautiful girl who laughed after my every joke! Love the nostalgia that this song brings at different stages of life.
 mgkiwi wrote:
President Trump's entrance music!!

 
The music I will think of when I'm driving a bullet into Trump's head.
Makes me want to urinate on a freezing morning in February, in the middle of a snow white field, as the sun comes up, and the sky is changing from blue to orange. 
Bill & Rebecca—we have so many of the same albums! 
just an amazing mix from Copland into Calexico!  Whoa.
 
 mgkiwi wrote:
President Trump's entrance music!!

 
Damnit, beat me to it.{#Hug}
 mgkiwi wrote:
President Trump's entrance music!!

 
No. Just no. 
 
President Trump's entrance music!!
Always makes me stand and salute myself. Love Copland...both of them: Arron and Stewart. Well, and Miles G.R.H.S. Copland, not Davis. Although G.R.H.S. too. Hang on, we're almost to Kevin Bacon.
Wow... my initial thought was ELPs version of this.  Which by the way... is AWESOME.  
Jeez, I feel like I'm watching an episode of "West Wing"
 
 ChrisVIII wrote:
It sounds like an old epic music, it would be perfect for a black and white Hollywood movie calling for patriotism ! To me, this air sounds incredibly US  but not particularly inspired, not quite "grandiose" enough, the drama part is missing but it has potential
 
{#Roflol} Comment of the day.
It sounds like an old epic music, it would be perfect for a black and white Hollywood movie calling for patriotism ! To me, this air sounds incredibly US  but not particularly inspired, not quite "grandiose" enough, the drama part is missing but it has potential.  
 jaha70 wrote:
Brass on Radio Paradise. Thank you for that!!!
 
I think you will find that there is plenty of brass in Comfortably numb, another RP fav.
click here to get an 11
 Clarentine wrote:
A candidate for the 11 rating if ever there was one.  ::basks in majesty::
 
Absolutely. Appropriately adjusting volume now.
A candidate for the 11 rating if ever there was one.  ::basks in majesty::
 Siljanus wrote:
After 120 years since the start of the terraforming of Mars, the colonists gathered outside the domes and the Fanfare which was now the anthem of humanity was heard in the skies over the purple plains of Mars.

 
reading your comment with this amazing piece brings goose bumps!
After 120 years since the start of the terraforming of Mars, the colonists gathered outside the domes and the Fanfare which was now the anthem of humanity was heard in the skies over the purple plains of Mars.
America's greatest composer? Perhaps, but not here. Theme from Our Town was his masterpiece


What? Is it the olympics? ABC's wide world of sports?
::slides the volume allllllll the way up::
It's good to be the common man.
Please make this stop!!!
What sets Radio Paradise apart is that you will segue into something like this on occasion.  I love this station, you frickin' rock in every sense of the term.  Thank You!
 EdEastridge wrote:
There just simply aren't enough 10's for this piece.

 


Brass on Radio Paradise. Thank you for that!!!
 Reweth wrote:
Am I the only person who thinks that this fine piece of music was the main inspiration to the Star Trek: Deep Space 9 theme? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DsOE73pxpys

 
Not only are you not the only person, but I did a Google search this morning, as that same comparison occurred to me, and found your post on this site... :-)
This guy keeps ripping off Emerson, Lake & Palmer.
C'mon dude, come up with your own material.
And today, a slide into Calexico horns.

Flawless Bill. 
 avidfan wrote:
Basement Jaxx follows by Copeland.  Surely a schizophrenic Saturday for Bill!

 

Perhaps an intentional juxtaposition to highlight the vast chasm of talent between the two.
Basement Jaxx follows by Copeland.  Surely a schizophrenic Saturday for Bill!
There just simply aren't enough 10's for this piece.
{#Good-vibes} Simply wonderful. Thanks!
The Stones opened every gig on one tour with this. I forget which.
oh no.  Is this like the ELP version  great first 90 seconds then 3 hours of aural pain?  

I'm hovering over PSD.



<edit>Aaaaand.....  relax.</edit>
...heh:  i see what you did there...
Whoa! Dub step to this? I need medicine.
 Birdman wrote:

I loved today's segue from Copland's Fanfare to The Who's Won't Get Fooled Again.  Surprised me how well that worked.



 
This time it was Chicago's "Listen" to this. Also well done. 
I agree.  The transition was flawless!
  

Birdman wrote:

I loved today's segue from Copland's Fanfare to The Who's Won't Get Fooled Again.  Surprised me how well that worked.

 


Absolutely AWESOME!

I was hoping this would be a repeat from last month... :) So many around me had no clue when I turned up the sound so they could hear Fanfare for the Common Man!

Always awesome!  Thank you Bill!

I loved today's segue from Copland's Fanfare to The Who's Won't Get Fooled Again.  Surprised me how well that worked.


This is one of the many reasons I listen to RP (and contribute!) Good Stuff! The Who was a great follow-up. Thanks!
 Reweth wrote:
Am I the only person who thinks that this fine piece of music was the main inspiration to the Star Trek: Deep Space 9 theme? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DsOE73pxpys

 
And has influenced numerous, countless other pieces and soundtracks. Saving Private Ryan. The Magnificent Seven. Star Wars. 
This song made me stop what I'm doing and take notice. Thank you, Bill. I got goosebumps.
Count me in with the common men.
Le drapeau est livré avec ?
Always sends tingles down my spine.
 rabaak wrote:
How about playing the Emerson Lake and Palmer version
 

 
Agreed! Maybe too bombastic. But then I hear the Who. 
This music will always give me goosebumps!!!
 Reweth wrote:
Am I the only person who thinks that this fine piece of music was the main inspiration to the Star Trek: Deep Space 9 theme? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DsOE73pxpys

 
Nope, I'm right there with ya. 
not at all - it's certainly got a very Copland vibe. Fitting for a story of frontier life, wide-open spaces...
(And TNG theme is very Rhinegold.)




Reweth wrote:
Am I the only person who thinks that this fine piece of music was the main inspiration to the Star Trek: Deep Space 9 theme? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DsOE73pxpys

 


 aelfheld wrote:

Oh how I hate the dull "I'm too cool for all of you petit bourgeois who like fanfares and brass and their country and whatnot." 

Fanfares are common to all ages.  That you're ignorant of that fact is . . . unsurprising.  But then you're probably too 'cool' to bother actually learning anything.  Like where the volume control is.



 
{#Clap}
One of the most affirmative pieces of music ever. A chill ran up my spine when it started playing and I stopped what I was doing. This song is as emotional as any you will ever hear. Thanks, Bill. We all need more uplifting in our daily lives, and that is what Fanfare for the common man is about.
 Nadine wrote:


oh, how i hate the dull "if you don't like it here - then leave" automatic responses. leave to where? every single country is ruled by idiots. 

i absolutely loooove the "cool" people in EVERY country. unfortunately they're not in power. anywhere. 

considering the song: I don't detest it. But I do have a brass (and fanfare) allergy. i only can take brass in really very tiny doses. full blast brass sounds: I collapse. My ears quit. Maybe americans dig it more, because it lets them dream of european castles and middle ages stuff? Weren't fanfares common in that age? 

 
Fuck castles. This song takes us to the moon. 
Am I the only person who thinks that this fine piece of music was the main inspiration to the Star Trek: Deep Space 9 theme? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DsOE73pxpys
Makes me want walk through amber waves of grain...seeing flags unfurled.

Now...having stated that...it's friday afternoon...where's the RnR?

 

 
 rabaak wrote:
You need to hear the Emerson Lake and Palmer rendition of this. It is pretty awesome. 
 
I've heard their version more than enough.  I do not need to hear it anymore.
Whether you love this piece or don't care for it.  I cannot believe that it doesn't evoke some strong emotional reaction.....get chills everytime I hear this piece.  Would love to hear (and felt) played live....
How about playing the Emerson Lake and Palmer version
 
I was very fortunate to hear this piece played live, in the open air, TWICE while living in Kentucky in the nineties.  Wonderful stirring music.  Great mix today Bill and Rebecca.  Many thanks {#Good-vibes}
 Nadine wrote:
oh, how i hate the dull "if you don't like it here - then leave" automatic responses. leave to where? every single country is ruled by idiots. 

i absolutely loooove the "cool" people in EVERY country. unfortunately they're not in power. anywhere. 

considering the song: I don't detest it. But I do have a brass (and fanfare) allergy. i only can take brass in really very tiny doses. full blast brass sounds: I collapse. My ears quit. Maybe americans dig it more, because it lets them dream of european castles and middle ages stuff? Weren't fanfares common in that age? 
 
Oh how I hate the dull "I'm too cool for all of you petit bourgeois who like fanfares and brass and their country and whatnot." 

Fanfares are common to all ages.  That you're ignorant of that fact is . . . unsurprising.  But then you're probably too 'cool' to bother actually learning anything.  Like where the volume control is.


 Nadine wrote:
Upvote! No, take two!
oh, how i hate the dull "if you don't like it here - then leave" automatic responses. leave to where? every single country is ruled by idiots. 

i absolutely loooove the "cool" people in EVERY country. unfortunately they're not in power. anywhere. 

considering the song: I don't detest it. But I do have a brass (and fanfare) allergy. i only can take brass in really very tiny doses. full blast brass sounds: I collapse. My ears quit. Maybe americans dig it more, because it lets them dream of european castles and middle ages stuff? Weren't fanfares common in that age? 
 


Kunzel rules, for the Common Ear... a fine,sensitive rendering. How could you not play the Emerson Lake and Palmer version following?
(Just picked up a mint copy of "Works" on vinyl last week. It holds up 3+ decades beyond, IMHO.)
You need to hear the Emerson Lake and Palmer rendition of this. It is pretty awesome. 
 d-don wrote:

This added to the rotation is why I listen to RP. The goosebumps are icing on the cake.
 
Yes.
Yeah go common man go
Outstanding!!!  Thanks for playing it!
oldsinger wrote:
Wonderful.  This last 30 minutes is a great example of why I love this "station".
 
Scared me for a second - I thought you meant this piece itself was 30 minutes long!
 aelfheld wrote:

Then don't listen.

And leave (or, if you're not in the U.S., stay out).

Wouldn't want to offend your tender sensibilities.

 

oh, how i hate the dull "if you don't like it here - then leave" automatic responses. leave to where? every single country is ruled by idiots. 

i absolutely loooove the "cool" people in EVERY country. unfortunately they're not in power. anywhere. 

considering the song: I don't detest it. But I do have a brass (and fanfare) allergy. i only can take brass in really very tiny doses. full blast brass sounds: I collapse. My ears quit. Maybe americans dig it more, because it lets them dream of european castles and middle ages stuff? Weren't fanfares common in that age? 
OMG!!!
a solid 1 (or less)

Wonderful.  This last 30 minutes is a great example of why I love this "station".
 lindergr55 wrote:

I love this Copeland piece - it never fails to give me goosebumps. Simply magnificent.   

 
This added to the rotation is why I listen to RP. The goosebumps are icing on the cake.
I have goosebumps and we're still on the initial trumpet fanfare at the beginning of the piece!
What fun, thanks for this, Bill!
{#Dance}

I love this Copeland piece - it never fails to give me goosebumps. Simply magnificent.   


{#Arrowd}  I know, wrong movie.  I just thought the image goes well with this song.  {#Foot-in-mouth}
 Roguewarer wrote:
Jeez, folks... WHERE else are you gonna hear this mix of music? Seriously. This station continues to blow me away!

Bill & Becca... you bring tears to my eyes with music like this.... TYSOMUCH!!
 
Truly, and bravo. 

Aaron Copland rules. Whenever I've heard this fanfare played live by an orchestra tears well up in my eyes. Recorded music just can't do the dynamics of this piece justice. Now how about the ELP version :)
where's Jim McKay?
CARPE DIEM!
Funny that people think this is some huge patriotic USA hymn- look at the name! Rather than creating a processional for the regal he devotes this to the common man. Far more likely to be an old USSR hymn if you think about it.

Either way, I think he did a fabulous job with it: simple, strong, heroic. It is no wonder most listeners love it.
 ferwoman wrote:


Now it's 303. Deserves all of them. :)
 
Yeah, it had 301 before I rated it. ;-)
 Dinges,_the_Dude wrote:
What the "peep" is this?! This brings pictures of standing for Stars and Stripes each morning in class and other chauvinistic behaviour to mind! Please cut this crap!
 
Funny, your reaction brings to mind unwashed whiners demanding to be catered to by the same people they denigrate.
 Phlegmaticman wrote:
This has 302 "10" votes.
 



Now it's 303.

Deserves all of them. :)
Jeez, folks... WHERE else are you gonna hear this mix of music? Seriously. This station continues to blow me away!

Bill & Becca... you bring tears to my eyes with music like this.... TYSOMUCH!!
One of my all-time favorites!
Personally I like ELP's rendition better.
 Dinges,_the_Dude wrote:
{#High-five}  Agree!!
 
No one's keeping you here.