• Joan Tower
  • Third Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman (1991)

  • Associated Music Publishers Inc (World)
  • two brass quintets (2hn, 4tpt, 2tbn, 2tba)
  • 6 min

Programme Note

Composer Note:

Third Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman was commissioned by Carnegie Hall in collaboration with the Empire Brass quintet and members of the New York Philharmonic brass section to help celebrate the hall’s 100th anniversary.

This fanfare is part of a trilogy of fanfares, the first of which was written for the Houston Symphony [for the sesquicentennial of the state of Texas]. Knowing Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man and being a great admirer of his music, I decided not only to write a tribute to him, but to balance things out a little by writing something for women—in this case, for women who are adventurous and take risks. It was recently released on an album of American music recorded by the Saint Louis Symphony on BMG/RCA. The second fanfare was commissioned by Absolute Vodka, and premiered at Avery Fisher Hall in 1989. That piece is dedicated to Joan Briccetti, general manager of the Saint Louis Symphony. The third fanfare is scored for two brass quintets that are partially antiphonal. There are motifs that are tossed back and forth, between the two horns and the four trumpets, and between the two quintets.

The Third Fanfare is dedicated with admiration and love to Frances Richard, Director of the Symphony and Concert Department at ASCAP.

—Joan Tower