We would like to share a moment with you in observation of Veterans Day. Echoing President Woodrow Wilson’s words when it was first proclaimed, we are filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who have served and died for our country.
It took a while to come up with a good musical selection for today, but I settled on Aaron Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man.
Copland, in his autobiography, wrote of the piece:
“Eugene Goossens, conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, had written to me at the end of August about an idea he wanted to put into action for the 1942-43 concert season. During World War I he had asked British composers for a fanfare to begin each orchestral concert. It had been so successful that he thought to repeat the procedure in World War II with American composers”.