The Cincinnati Pops is proud to present AMERICAN SOUNDSCAPES in partnership with CET Public Television. This seventh video explores the incredible music of John Williams with the Theme from Close Encounters of the Third Kind, conducted by John Morris Russell. November 16 marks the 39th anniversary of the film's release.
Janelle Gelfand - Cincinnati Enquirer
He heard it all in his head: The drum-bursts like distant bombs, and then the somber trumpet fanfare, played seamlessly in unison by three trumpeters. Horns, trombones and tuba joined in a display of tonal splendor that would ascend to a spacious, powerful climax.
Aaron Copland signed “Nov. 6 1942” on the last page of his “Fanfare for the Common Man” and laid down his pen.
He had no idea that his contribution to the war effort would live far beyond its premiere by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra later that season. He didn’t know that his fanfare would endure for nearly 75 years as one of America’s most patriotic pieces of music.
Nor did he know it would become so ingrained in our national fabric that nearly every citizen would understand its meaning the first time they heard it. Or that it would come to symbolize America's greatness as well as its humanity, played at Olympic Games, presidential inaugurations and memorial services for those who died on Sept. 11, 2001.
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