Copland Fanfare for the Common Man

Mason Bates Auditorium (UK premiere)

Gershwin Catfish Row: Suite from Porgy and Bess

Kirill Karabits Conductor

Copland took the title of his Fanfare from US Vice-President Henry Wallace who dubbed the 20th century “the century of the common man.” Comprising the simplest imaginable materials, Copland’s sense of timing in their deployment is masterful. Auditorium begins with the premise that an orchestra, like a person, can be possessed. Ghostly processed recordings of a baroque ensemble haunt it. Realising that Porgy and Bess was too long, Gershwin cut down the score for its New York production and extracted a suite later entitled Catfish Row. It contains beloved passages such as “Summertime” and “Bess, You Is My Woman” as well as less familiar music.

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