Talk:Fanfare for the Common Man

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Use on Television[edit]

Might be worth mentioning that this is a common theme during NBC's television coverage of the Olympics.

Could someone please verify that the Australian Nine Network used this song as the Wide World of Sports theme? I don't recall Nine ever using this song; in fact, I'm pretty sure it was actually the Seven Network that used Fanfare for the Common Man as the theme for their sports coverage (and still do, as a matter of fact). Wide World of Sports used a completely different theme, if I recall correctly. (Of course, maybe Nine did use it and I'm not old enough to remember.) Lumina83 05:31, 9 March 2006 (UTC)

I thinks such uses as the above should not be included unless there is evidence of international significance. Ceadge (talk) 13:02, 28 March 2010 (UTC)

Way, way too many entries in this section, which, in any case, is merely a mindless, random list. Let's just have the article say the piece has been used a lot and leave it at that. TheScotch (talk) 11:24, 24 August 2013 (UTC)

In Scotland, the BBC used it as the theme to their main news program Reporting Scotland

It was actually the Emerson, Lake and Palmer version which was used. Nuttyskin (talk) 01:17, 2 June 2017 (UTC)

Rock Versions??[edit]

While I completely agree that there is some significance to the fact that there are rock bands that have used this music, I wonder why it plays such a prominent role in this article. For such a wonderful piece of music that (I suspect) has plenty of notability on its own, should so much attention be paid to Emerson, Lake, and Palmer?

How many rock bands (with excellent work and great intentions) have done versions of "The Star Spangled Banner", for example? Does that article warrant a full 1/3 of mention on the rock renditions?

If this is really a significant part of this song's legacy (and history), then so be it. I just can't believe that this is so important as the article suggests.


Was this also used at EPCOT Center during the 80s and 90s? —Preceding unsigned comment added by 98.227.88.44 (talk) 05:21, 1 January 2010 (UTC)

I second this sentiment. Emerson Lake and Palmer should be mentioned, but should not play such a high role in the body of the article.Magicwalltree (talk) 20:25, 5 February 2012 (UTC)

Ultimately, I think the Emerson, Lake, and Palmer rendition is significant: according to the Library of Congress entry, it was one of the few versions Copeland referenced being aware of. Not to mention—it wasn't simply being used as intro music, but as a full-scale arrangement of the piece. According to the information listed on the ELP page variant (link here), Copeland actually praised the group's rendition and personally authorized its inclusion on their records. I feel that is significant. Eddievhfan1984 (talk) 19:02, 24 September 2012 (UTC)

Autobiography[edit]

The article purports to quote from Copland's autobiography although he did not publish one. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Ericjwilson (talkcontribs) 23:57, 30 August 2010 (UTC)

Here's that autobiography, which is a reprint of the two-volume version written by Copland in the 1980s.--Blackbart2 (talk) 22:00, 10 December 2013 (UTC)

The Fanfare[edit]

"It was written in response to the US entry into the Second World War" sounds redundant given the preceding paragraph, but I don't know enough about the subject to cut it.... PurpleChez (talk) 00:44, 10 May 2011 (UTC)

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What about the Music?[edit]

This article is full of history and lore, but -- other than the section on "instrumentation" -- it says practically nothing about the music itself.

Is the piece in major or minor tonality, or something else? How is the theme contructed and why in that way? Why the particular choice of instruments? (Fanfares use many different combinations of brass -- why no baritone horns, for example? Why Bb rather than C trumpets?) It is noted that the Fanfair theme was also used in one of Copland's symphonies: in the same key, or transposed? With the same harmonizations? Same instrumentation? Is it developed further, or just inserted bodily as an introduction?) Etc., etc.

What I'm getting is, an article on a particular individual piece of music should primarily be about the music'. Information on the uses to which the piece has been put, while interesting, could be consolodated into a section or two of the article; but they shouldn't dominate the article. 67.206.184.67 (talk) 04:00, 22 July 2015 (UTC)

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