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Copland composing by candlelight

1946 Victor Kraft

as seen here

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Aaron Copland

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Fanfare for the Common Man

Copland composed the Fanfare in 1942 at the request of the Cincinnati Sympony Orchestra's conductor Eugene Goossens. The piece's title is reported to have been inspired by a famous speech given by vice president Henry A. Wallace, in which Wallace refers to the "Century of the common man." Upon receiving the score for the work, Goossens wrote to Copland saying "Its title is as original as its music, and I think it is so telling that it deserves a special occasion for its performance. If it is agreeable to you, we will premiere it 12 March 1943 at income tax time," to which Copland replied "I [am] all for honoring the common man at income tax time."