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Aaron Copland

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Who is Aaron Copland?

Aaron Copland was an American composer, composition teacher, writer, and later in his career a conductor of his own and other American music. Instrumental in forging a distinctly American style of composition, in his later years he was often referred to as "the Dean of American Composers" and is best known to the public for the works he wrote in the 1930s and 1940s in a deliberately accessible style often referred to as Populist and which the composer labeled his "vernacular" style. Works in this vein include the ballets Appalachian Spring, Billy the Kid and Rodeo, his Fanfare for the Common Man and Third Symphony. The open, slowly changing harmonies of many of his works are archetypical of what many people consider to be the sound of American music, evoking the vast American landscape and pioneer spirit. In addition to his ballets and orchestral works, he produced music in many other genres including chamber music, vocal works, opera and film scores.

  • also known as Aaron Copland (1900-1990); Aaron Copeland; Copland, Aaron; Aaronn Copland; Copland; Copeland; The Dean of American composers
  • born on (115 years ago) in Brooklyn, child of Harris Morris Copland and Sarah Mittenthal Copland
  • nationality: United States of America
  • religion: Judaism
  • education: Fontainebleau Schools
  • profession: Pianist, composer, conductor, film score composer, writer
  • died on (25 years ago) in Sleepy Hollow of alzheimer's disease, respiratory failure
  • genres: 20th-century classical music, Ballet, Opera, Art song, Ballet, Film score, Classical music
  • albums: "Fanfare for the Common Man / Rodeo / Appalachian Spring", "Clarinet Concerto, Etc. (New York Chamber Symphony feat. conductor: Gerard Schwartz)", "Billy the Kid / Rodeo", "Copland: Appalachian Spring; Rodeo; Billy the Kid; Fanfare for the Common Man (Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra (Bratislava), conductor: Stephen Gunzenhauser)", "Music for Films", "The Young Pioneers: The Complete Music for Solo Piano", "Bernstein Century: Appalachian Spring / Rodeo / Billy the Kid / Fanfare for the Common Man", "Bernstein Century: Music for the Theatre / Concerto for Piano and Orchestra / Connotations for Orchestra / El Salón México", "A Centenary Tribute", "A Copland Celebration, Volume 3 (New York Philharmonic and Choral Art Society feat. conductor: Aaron Copland)", "Appalachian Spring (Ballet Suite) / Clarinet Concerto", "El salón México / Appalachian Spring / Rodeo / Dance Symphony / Fanfare for the Common Man", "CBS Great Performances, Volume 39: Appalachian Spring Suite / Fanfare for the Common Man / El Salón México / Danzón Cubano", "Appalachian Spring / Short Symphony / 3 Latin American Sketches / Quiet City", "Appalachian Spring", "Billy the Kid & Symphony #3", "CBS Great Performances, Volume 14: Billy The Kid / Rodeo", "El Salon Mexico / Concerto for Clarinet and String Orchestra / Music for the Theatre / Connotations for Orchestra", "El Salón México / Dance Symphony / Fanfare for the Common Man / Four Dance Episodes From "Rodeo"", "Fanfare For The Common Man", "Rodeo; Billy the Kid - Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, David Zinman cond.", "The Music of America", "Third Symphony & Music for the Theatre", "A Copland Celebration, Volume 1", "A Copland Celebration, Volume 2", "Great Copland Ballets", "Long Time Ago (The Saint-Paul Chamber Orchestra feat. conductor: Hugh Wolff, soprano: Dawn Upshaw, baritone: Thomas Hampson)", "Aaron Copland Sextet, Piano Variations, Piano Quartet / Boston Symphony Chamber Players", "Appalachian Spring / El Salon Mexico / Old American Songs / Fanfare for the Common Man", "BBC Music, Volume 9, Number 2: Billy the Kid, etc.", "Piano Sonata and Other Works", "Copland Conducts Copland", "Copland's Greatest Hits", "Fanfare For the Common Man / Appalachian Spring / El salón México / Dance Symphony / Rodeo Dances / Lincoln Portrait / Old American Songs / Music for Movies", "Appalachian Spring / Rodeo / Billy the Kid / Fanfare for the Common Man", "Appalachian Spring, The Tender Land, Billy the Kid", "Copland: The Populist (San Francisco Symphony feat. conductor: Michael Tilson Thomas)", "Concerto for Clarinet, Strings, Harp, and Piano (feat. clarinet: Guy Yehuda)", "He Got Game: Motion Picture Soundtrack", "The Copland Collection", "Rodeo (Four Dance Episodes) / The Red Pony (Suite) / Prairie Journal / Letter from Home (Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra feat. conductor: JoAnn Falletta)", "Orchestral Works", "Piano Fantasy / Piano Sonata / Piano Variations (Benjamin Pasternak)", "Fanfare for the Common Man / Appalachian Spring / Symphony no. 3", "Lincoln Portrait & Other Works", "Fanfare For The Common Man / Billy The Kid Suite / El Salón México / Fanfare for the Common Man", "Bernstein Century: Symphony No. 3 / Symphony for Organ and Orchestra", "A Copland Celebration, Volume 1" (disc 2), "A Copland Celebration, Volume 2" (disc 1)
  • written works: "What to Listen for in Music", "The pleasures of music", "Copland On Music", "Music and imagination", "Art Songs And Arias", "Música y músicos contemporáneos", "The New Music 1900-1960", "Copland 1900 Through 1942", "The second hurricane", "Como Escuchar La Musica", "Musica E Imaginacion", "Symphony for organ and orchestra", "Copland - Ballet Suites", "The Copland Piano Collection", "Our new music", "The selected correspondence of Aaron Copland", "Sextet for string quartet, clarinet and piano", "Copland Since 1943", "Come ascoltare la musica", "[As it fell upon a day] As it fell upon a day", "The tender land", "Nonet, for strings", "Aaron Copland"
  • filmography: "145 W. 21"
  • some of the nominations and awards:
      • Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts, US & Canada (Music Composition)
      • nominated to Academy Award for Best Original Music Score - "Of Mice and Men"
      • nominated to Academy Award for Best Original Musical - "Of Mice and Men"
      • nominated to Academy Award for Best Original Music Score - "Our Town"
      • nominated to Academy Award for Best Original Musical - "Our Town"
      • nominated to Academy Award for Best Original Music Score - "The North Star"
      • Pulitzer Prize for Music - "Appalachian Spring"
      • nominated to Academy Award for Best Original Music Score - "The Heiress"
      • Academy Award for Best Original Music Score - "The Heiress"
      • nominated to Grammy Award for Best Classical Contemporary Composition - "Copland: Orchestral Suite From Tender Land Suite"
      • Grammy Award for Best Classical Contemporary Composition - "Copland: Orchestral Suite From Tender Land Suite" (Composer)
      • nominated to Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement In Music - "CBS Playhouse" (Individual Achievements in Music - Composition)
      • Kennedy Center Honors
      • Grammy Hall of Fame Award - "Appalachian Spring / The Tender Land - Suite" (Award for 'Appalachian Spring'), with Boston Symphony Orchestra

Writings

  1. "Aaron Copland" is a book by JoAnn Skowronski.
    • also known as "Aaron Copland: a bio-bibliography"
  2. "Aaron Copland" is a book by Arthur Berger.
  3. "Aaron Copland" is a book by Marta Robertson.
    • also known as "Aaron Copland: a guide to research"

Music

"Aaron Copland" a.k.a. "El salón México / Appalachian Spring / Rodeo / Dance Symphony / Fanfare for the Common Man" is a musical album of Aaron Copland, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti.

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Google previewIntegrating Music into the Elementary Classroom (2013)

by William Anderson

dance Grades: 4–6 Concepts: Syncopation Rests Contrasting tone colors Different phrase lengths BACkGROUND INFORMATION Rodeo by the American composer Aaron Copland is a ballet whose story centers on a rodeo in the West.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Populism in America: A Historical Encyclopedia [2 volumes] (2014)

by Alexandra Kindell, Elizabeth S. Demers Ph.D.

Aaron Copland was an American composer who created a distinctive American sound in classical music, often referred to as a populist style. Copland was born in Brooklyn, New York, and trained as a composer in New York and Paris.

Google previewThe Queer Encyclopedia of Music, Dance, and Musical Theater (2012)

by Claude Summers

Aaron Copland.

Google previewA Dictionary of the Avant-Gardes (2013)

by Richard Kostelanetz

Biography: Pollack, Howard, Aaron Copland: The Life and Work of an Uncommon Man. New York: Holt, 1999. Autobiography: Aaron Copland.

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of the 1940s (2015)

by James Gilbert Ryan, Leonard C Schlup

Further Reading: Arthur Berger, Aaron Copland, 1990; Richard Kostelanetz, ed., ———————— ————————————— ————————————————————— 90 ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Film Composers (2015)

by Thomas S. Hischak

biography: Music for the Common Man: Aaron Copland during the Depression and War, Elizabeth Bergman Crist (2009); ...

Google previewThe Oxford Encyclopedia of American Cultural and Intellectual History (2013)

by Joan Shelley Rubin, Paul S. Boyer, Professor Scott E. Casper

Aaron Copland: The Life and Work of an Uncommon Man. New York: Henry Holt, 1999. HowardJ.

Google previewLexicon of Musical Invective (2000)

Critical Assaults on Composers Since Beethoven's Time by Nicolas Slonimsky

In American music, Aaron Copland is the great man for small deeds; a 'shrewd investor of pennies,' as Theodore Chanler describes him. A small, cool creative gift, but an ego of ...

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Inspiration may be a form of superconsciousness, or perhaps of subconsciousness - I wouldn't know. But I am sure it is the antithesis of self- consciousness. (Aaron Copland)
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