Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Fanfare For The Common Man

This ten minute song as well as much of the other music of Aaron Copeland have always been favorites of mine. Turns out, the music goes back to 1942, when it was first performed for the Cincinnati Orchestra. The rock group Emerson, Lake and Palmer did a really good job with it in 1977, as have other groups such as Styx, as well (although that music is a bit of a stretch to say it’s directly connected to the original: ELP is a direct connection). Since then, the music continues to appeal to even us rockers, maybe especially to people like me who have always championed the “little guy.” I find I love to hear it, maybe even twice, every time I come across the work. I also like the other two songs it was accompanied by, especially Appalachian Spring (an orchestral song which is much quieter) and Rodeo. Read More …