This piece is a series of 6 composition:
Fanfare No. 1: This first and most popular of the Fanfares was inspired by Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man. This Fanfare features an opening flourish, huge percussion strokes and then a galloping rhythm that pushes through the rest of the piece to reach the conclusion. This Fanfare is dedicated to women who take risks and who are adventurous.
Fanfare No. 2: This second fanfare employs the same instrumentation as the first fanfare but with some additional percussion. This work is dedicated with love and admiration to Joan Briccetti, general manager of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra.
Fanfare No. 3: This third fanfare is scored for two brass quintets that are partially antiphonal. There are motifs that are tossed back and forth, between the two horns and the four trumpets, and between the two quintets.
Fanfare No.4: This forth fanfare was the only one in the series scored for full orchestra and the brass does not dominate. However, it qualified as a fanfare because of its propelling rhythms and sheer energy.
Fanfare No. 5: This fifth fanfare begins with a trumpet solo announcing a motif that the others take up. The music then becomes more animated before returning briefly to the initial, quiet and less rhythmic introductory music. Approaching the end, music becomes more joyful and radiant.
Fanfare No. 6: This fanfare was performed by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and conducted by Marin Alsop, who recorded all five of Tower’s fanfares. This work is dedicated to “the intrepid Hillary,” former Secretary of State and 2016 Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.