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Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man
In 1942 Copland composed Fanfare for the Common Man to support America’s effort during World War II. He settled on this title because, as he put it, “It was the common man, after all, who was doing all the dirty work in the war and the army.” He later added, “He deserved a fanfare.” Today, the title could just as easily apply to the healthcare workers and other essential frontline workers who have helped us through the COVID-19 pandemic.
This newly recorded performance was conducted by David Robertson in January 2021 at St. Bartholomew’s Church.
What’s in My Case
It’s the crossover event of the century! Our Acting Principal Horn Richard Deane returns to “What’s in My Case?” with a special guest, Associate Principal Viola Rebecca Young, who hosts our Very Young People’s Concerts. Come for the adorable mini-horn and stay for a demonstration of how to make your own horn with materials you can find at the hardware store.
For the tenth anniversary of the New York Philharmonic Leon Levy Digital Archives, we look back on ten exciting discoveries made possible by our online collections.
Orchestral parts marked with the fingerings, breath marks, accidentals, and dynamics penciled in by Philharmonic musicians are some of the most-visited items in the Digital Archives. Some, such as these parts to Hovhaness’s And God Created Great Whales,offer more than just musical commentary. These illustrations were discovered in 2020.
For more discoveries made in our Digital Archives, see our new Google Arts & Culture exhibit, 10 Eureka Moments.
Leontyne Price, one of the most acclaimed sopranos of her generation, joins the Philharmonic and then Music Director Zubin Mehta for selections by Mozart and Richard Strauss in this classic 1982 performance.
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