Common Man When Aaron Copeland wrote the “Fanfare for the Common Man” (1932), he saw the common man as an equal to royalty, that they are brave and can get through the harsh times the Great Depression brought. It is evident that Copeland saw the common man as an equal to royalty because historically, fanfares were written for royalty in the course Of royal events and not ever written for commoners. By writing a fanfare for common man, it shows that the common man is not a lower status than royalty, but is an equal one.
The dark beats at the ginning of the fanfare and the lighter more upbeat ones in the beginning are a metaphor for the harsh times the common man has experienced and how they were brave through them. It was signifying the harsh events they went through such as the Revolutionary War. The images of the hard times and the moments of success that were created, also help to prove that they could also get through the harsh conditions the Great Depression caused them. The common man needed inspiration at the time, and the reminder that they have gotten through harder times, helped them realize they could get through them.