He was commissioned by Eugene Goossens, conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, to write the anthem for the 1942-43 concert season, which would feature 18 fanfares by American composers an idea he originated during World War I with British composers.
Originally fanfare meant a short burst of music played by trumpeters, usually when someone important entered a room.
The premiere took place on the night of the coronation, Tuesday, June 2, 1953 at City Center of Music and Drama, New York.
Fanfare is a one-act ballet made by New York City Ballet ballet master Jerome Robbins to Benjamin Britten's The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, Op.
But now the trumpets blew a fanfare, and forth rode divers gallant knights, who, spurring rearing steeds, charged amain to gore, to smite and batter each other with right good will while the concourse shouted, caps waved and scarves and ribands fluttered.
In French, this usage continues to the present, and distinguishes the all-brass band from bands of mixed brass and woodwind, which is called Harmonie.