146. Risk and adventure: Tower, Fanfare for the uncommon woman

Another great, short piece, here’s the first of Joan Tower’s Fanfares celebrating risk-taking and adventurous women. This is both celebratory and substantial, plus a workout for brass and percussion.

Listening time 8 mins (podcast 5.5′, music 2.5′)

Listen to the music, Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman No.1, here played by the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra conducted by Leonard Slatkin.

You can buy a recording of the piece here at Prestomusic.com (but you have to scroll all the way to the end of a long track listing)

On Youtube you can watch the work’s dedicatee, Marin Alsop conduct this alongside Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man.

And here there’s a nice interview with Joan Tower – she seems like a fun person!

Copland’s Fanfare was featured last time on Cacophony. Stravinsky’s Petrushka was episode 138.

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