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Grossmont Symphony: I am Woman (1 of 3)

On Friday evening, The Grossmont Symphony put together a solid concert of 20th Century music. The theme was "I am woman" and the opening piece of music was Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman No. 1 by Joan Tower.

This fanfare is a nice piece of music but besides the title, I'm not sure what makes it feminine. In choosing her title, Tower has linked her piece to Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man. Who amongst us isn't going to immediately compare the two?

There is no comparing the quality of the music. Copland's Fanfare will forever be a singular piece of American music. What I was hoping to find in Tower's music was a distinction between masculine and feminine. I wanted a glorification of the feminine.

What we got was a more complex version of masculine music.

I think our society is lacking the essential feminine virtues that can help create balance. I wanted to hear a piece of music that went in a different direction from Copland's.

Tower's effort appeared to be competing with Copland from her choice of instrumentation, the opening timpani blasts, and all the way down to her tongue-in-cheek title.

Don't get me wrong. I enjoyed this music and I enjoyed the brass and percussion of The Grossmont Symphony.

The glorification of the feminine would make an appearance later that evening.

Pictured: Joan Tower

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FileyyXWlU

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnzHAL4saaI&feature=related

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On Friday evening, The Grossmont Symphony put together a solid concert of 20th Century music. The theme was "I am woman" and the opening piece of music was Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman No. 1 by Joan Tower.

This fanfare is a nice piece of music but besides the title, I'm not sure what makes it feminine. In choosing her title, Tower has linked her piece to Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man. Who amongst us isn't going to immediately compare the two?

There is no comparing the quality of the music. Copland's Fanfare will forever be a singular piece of American music. What I was hoping to find in Tower's music was a distinction between masculine and feminine. I wanted a glorification of the feminine.

What we got was a more complex version of masculine music.

I think our society is lacking the essential feminine virtues that can help create balance. I wanted to hear a piece of music that went in a different direction from Copland's.

Tower's effort appeared to be competing with Copland from her choice of instrumentation, the opening timpani blasts, and all the way down to her tongue-in-cheek title.

Don't get me wrong. I enjoyed this music and I enjoyed the brass and percussion of The Grossmont Symphony.

The glorification of the feminine would make an appearance later that evening.

Pictured: Joan Tower

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FileyyXWlU

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnzHAL4saaI&feature=related

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I think you're missing the point of Ms. Tower's piece entitled "Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman". The word "Uncommon" is the key. Where as Copland's piece was inspired by the speech "Century of the Common Man" given by Henry A. Wallace; Tower's piece(s) are inspired by great women risk-takers and adventurers; descriptors that are not as "common" to use about women, wouldn't you say? With that in mind, what is your definition of femininity? Tower's work points out the distinction of great women who aren't always given their due. Having heard Ms. Tower speak I know she is a strong and passionate woman; and her work displays that same strength, intelligence and perseverance. Wouldn't you say that these are all characteristics of femininity? Maybe not the uninformed, sexiest views that many people have, but Joan Tower definitely considers herself feminine none-the-less.

Nov. 6, 2011

androgyny has become the key in newer feminine thinking Garrett...how can we marry the feminine mystique into classical music in general instead of just embroidering some frilly edges around a piece written by a man

woman shouldn't have to change their names to George Sands anymore to find popularity and if her third finger is longer then her pointer finger she probably has as much testosterone as u do...but is none the less a woman

and her musical ability to write is uncommonly good!!!

of course who could put her up against Copeland....their styles r more dissimilar then similar....in that Copeland is more measured and clean....Joan Tower's piece has more purposeful power....Copeland's sounds presidential and not like the common man at all

just my non tutored opinion

Nov. 6, 2011

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