Title
Inaugural Fanfare
For
symphonic band
Year Composed
1969
Year Modified
1975 (revised)
Scoring
3.2.2.0-4.3.3.1-timp.perc(4):slapstick/glsp/cyms/SD/vib/TD/susp.cym/ BD/tam-t
ARCO Number(s)
91
Category
Band
Duration
3'
Premiere
  • World: Grand Rapids, MI, June 14th, 1969 (Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra, cond. Gregory Millar)
Commission Info
The city of Grand Rapids, for its new City-County Plaza in Vandenberg Center, and the unveiling of Alexander Calder's stabile, La Grande Vitesse
Publisher
Boosey & Hawkes
Publishing Status
Published
Buying Options
Boosey & Hawkes

Program Note

The city of Grand Rapids, Michigan commissioned Copland to write a fanfare marking the dedication of a large red Alexander Calder stabile entitled La Grande Vitesse. The sculpture was the first work of art in American history to be jointly commissioned and financed by federal and private funds. Copland revised the work in 1975, prompted by the city's installation of a rooftop Calder painting close to the sculpture.

Author
Vivian Perlis
Year
1998