Keith Emerson (1944-2016) was an English pianist, keyboard player and composer. He was a founder of Emerson, Lake & Palmer (ELP), one of the early super groups of Progressive rock in 1970. Emerson is widely regarded as one of the top keyboard players of the Progressive Rock Era. All music refers to Emerson as "perhaps the greatest, most technically accomplished keyboardist
in rock history". The background of Emerson comes from jazz and classical music that Emerson uses often like themes for own compositions and variations.
Fantasy on Fanfare for the common man is an original arrangement by Lo Muscio based on the version of Keith Emerson written for the album “Works” (1977) and adapted from Aaron Copland's piece Fanfare for the Common Man, and it stands as one of their most popular andm enduring pieces. A powerful and rhythmic tour de force with many virtuoso parts (fast passages, trills in the pedal, etc...) featuring the typical Emerson's ostinato bass. The middle
section is a Jazz improvisation that leads to the final where the main theme reprise is wonderfully emphasized by the pipe organ's power with the Tuba on the last chord.