Grammy Award Winner for Best Engineered Recording, Classical In his youthful years as a composer, Copland was known to be something of a radical, but by the mid-1930s he began to feel dissatisfied with his relationship as a composer with his public and made the decision to "say what I had to say in the simplest possible terms." He also sought a larger audience for his music by composing for radio, film and ballet. His three great American ballets, Billy the Kid, Rodeo and Appalachian Spring, were written between 1938 and 1944 and are infused with his own unique "homespun" musical language.
Three of Copland's wartime compositions are associated with Cincinnati, but the Fanfare for the Common Man is certainly the best known and most popular. It was written as a commission for then CSO Music Director, Eugene Goosens. It is entirely fitting that the Cincinnati Pops recreate it on this recording.