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 Aaron Copland - Simple English Wikipedia
Aaron Copland was an America modern music composer.
Aaron Copland was born November 14, 1900 in Brooklyn, New York.
Aaron Copland died in 1990 at the age of 90.
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 Aaron Copland
Copland sought to develop the American musical vernacular in the era of post-Wagnerianism, when excess and bombast were eschewed in favor of cleaner lines, asymmetrical melodies, and rhythmic experimentation.
Copland’s approach to film scoring reflects his general approach to composition in general: clarity of line and transparent orchestration that stands in stark contrast to the more Wagnerian approach prevalent in the Hollywood scores of Copland’s day.
Aaron Copland was widely-traveled, especially in the Americas, and in his travels he carried with him a healthy musical curiosity.
www.greenmanreview.com /cd/cd_va_copland_sedinger_07_03.html   (1367 words)

 American Composers Orchestra - David Raksin Remembers His Colleagues
The distinguished composer Aaron Copland was born on November 4,1900 in New York City.
Aaron Copland is the most honored of American composers.
In the 1950s Aaron suddenly revealed an unanticipated talent for conducting; he appeared as guest conductor in the U.S., in Europe, South America and Mexico, traveled to Russia under the auspices of the State Department, and made many successful recordings of his principal works.
www.americancomposers.org /raksin_copland.htm   (694 words)

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Copland was committed to tonality, but primitivism had been in vogue since Stravinsky's ``The Rite of Spring'' premiered just before World War I. Furthermore, primitivism was in the process of being urbanized to reflect the clashing sounds of factories and automobiles.
Copland was, in fact, the first American pupil of this famous composition teacher, who would eventually instruct nearly every important American composer who came of age between the 1920s and 1970s.
Copland was booed at the 1957 premiere of his ``Piano Fantasy,'' which avant-garde composer Morton Feldman thought hopelessly conservative, and booed again at the 1958 premiere or his ``Orchestral Variations,'' which the Louisville audience thought too advanced - even though it was an orchestration of a 25-year-old piano work.
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 Aaron Copland
Copland taught for Piston when he was on leave from Harvard, and returned to that institution in 1951 as the first American composer to hold the Norton Professor of Poetics.
Aaron Copland was also the recipient of numerous honors including the Pulitzer Prize (1945), New York Music Critic's Circle award (1954), an 'Oscar' for The Heiress (1950), The Presidential Medal of Freedom (1964), and honorary degrees from Princeton, Oberlin, Harvard, and Brandeis Universities.
Copland showed the first signs of Alzheimer's disease in the early 1970s and from that point on virtually stopped composing, although he continued to conduct until he was 83 years old.
www.balletmet.org /Notes/Copland.html   (938 words)

 Aaron Copland - classical and film composer
Copland was born in New York and learned piano from his older sister.
Copland was also an experimentalist, incorporating a number of stylistic ideas including Jazz and Mexican dance rhythms in his music.
Aaron Copland was also an influence on the music of other film composers who embraced both classical and popular idioms including Leonard Bernstein, Bernard Herrmann, Elmer Bernstein and Alex North.
www.mfiles.co.uk /composers/Aaron-Copland.htm   (721 words)

 Aaron Copland, What to listen in Music   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Aaron Copland was born in Brooklyn, New York, on November 14, 1900, the youngest of five children.
Copland explains that the ballet, which begins “Very Slowly,” depicts a pioneer celebration in the spring around a newly built farm-house in the Pennsylvania hills in the early part of the ninetieth century.
Copland felt overwhelmed by the assignment, but eventually came up with a work that has since became a touchstone in times of crisis, and one of the most enduring works in American music.
www.uh.edu /hti/cu/2004/v05/04.htm   (5342 words)

 Aaron Copland | American Composer
Aaron Copland was born on November 14, 1900 in New York City.
For the better part of four decades Aaron Copland was considered the premier American composer.
Copland's suggestions for listening to music intelligently will bring you a deeper appreciation of the most rewarding of all art forms.
www.lucidcafe.com /library/95nov/copland.html   (540 words)

 American Masters . Aaron Copland | PBS
Copland was born in Brooklyn, New York, on November 14, 1900.
By the mid-'30s Copland had become not only one of the most popular composers in the country, but a leader of the community of American classical musicians.
Copland believed that through this music, he could find his way to a more popular symphonic music.
www.pbs.org /wnet/americanmasters/database/copland_a.html   (883 words)

 Aaron Copland and His World   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Copland staunchly advocated a distinctive American voice that could reach a wide public and promoted the careers of a broad range of North and South American composers.
The festival’s programs will explore the world of Copland’s childhood; the Paris of the 1920s and the influence of Nadia Boulanger, Igor Stravinsky, and trans-atlantic jazz; the populism of the 1930s; the folk music revival; and the widening gulf between radical modernism and more conservative trends during the 1950s and 1960s.
Copland’s generous but ultimately elusive personality, his public persona, his radical and progressive political commitments, his relationship to his Jewish identity, and his homosexuality have all been subjects of debate and controversy.
www.bard.edu /bmf/2005/copland   (225 words)

Aaron Copland was one of the twentieth century’s most popular and distinguished composers.
Copland was born in 1900 in Brooklyn, where he began his musical career, before moving to the Paris of the 1920a, where Stravinsky, Prokofiev and Les Six were the centre of attention.
The Music of Aaron Copland, which is profusely illustrated with music examples and photographs, includes a conversation on the piano music with Aaron Copland and Leo Smit and also features sketches of Copland in rehearsal by Milein Cosman.
www.toccatapress.com /books/bookdetail.asp?ID=32   (224 words)

 Aaron Copland - Biography
November 14, 2000 marks the 100th anniversary of Aaron Copland's birth.
Aaron Copland was the pioneer of American music -- he showed the world how to write classical music in an American way.
Copland is probably best known for his concert and ballet works, but his eight scores for films -- documentaries and versions of plays by Wilder, Steinbeck and others -- set new standards for Hollywood.
www.sonyclassical.com /artists/copland/bio.html   (309 words)

 Featured Subject: Aaron Copland   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Copland, who was reunited with Martha Graham for a performance of "Appalachian Spring," which she commissioned in 1944, recalls for Anna Kisselgoff the circumstances of its composition.
Copland writes enthusiastically about a cultural exchange he took part in, organized by the State Department, in which he visited provincial capitals in Latin America to talk with local musicians.
Copland argues that symphony orchestras, striving to attract an audience, are relying too much on standard repertory and not doing enough to promote a new generation of composers.
www.dl.ket.org /humanities/music/copland.htm   (1555 words)

 Aaron Copland
Aaron Copland seems at first to be an odd person to create a musical style that combined the myths of the American West and the styles of Latin American music into a populist music that spoke to a large segment of American society.
Copland was the son of Russian Jewish immigrants, grew up in New York, and found his musical voice in the international, avant-garde atmosphere of Paris in the 1920s.
But at age twenty, Copland left New York to study in Paris with Nadia Boulanger, who was to serve as a teacher and mentor to many of the leading composers of the century.
www.wwnorton.com /classical/composers/copland.htm   (737 words)

 MPR: Aaron Copland: writing the soundtrack of the American West
By this time Copland had written "Billy the Kid", was working on "Rodeo" for an October premiere, and would soon compose his ballet for Martha Graham, "Appalachian Spring." Aaron Copland, the one-time avant-garde composer and Parisian sophisticate, was defining an American sound that in turn would come to define him.
Aaron sold dry goods off a cart or from a series of small stores, and soon sent for his wife Bertha and their four children, still living near the Polish border in Russia.
Aaron Copland's mother Sarah was then six or seven, and she would grow up with farmers and ranchers and cowboys and Indians a natural part of her childhood.
news.minnesota.publicradio.org /features/2005/11/14_morelockb_copland   (747 words)

 Aaron Copland
Aaron Copland made numerous recordings of his own music, including an extensive series for CBS during the 1960s and '70s, mostly with London orchestras.
Copland's music for The Cummington Story, a government documentary about refugee resettlement, is austerely moving; he later used it in his Clarinet Concerto's slow movement.
Copland's homosexuality was quietly known but little advertised during his lifetime.
www.queertheory.com /histories/c/copland_aaron.htm   (857 words)

 Rodeo (ballet) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Rodeo is a ballet score written by American composer Aaron Copland in 1942.
In 1946 Copland arranged just the "Hoe-Down" portion of the ballet for string orchestra, and later that year arranged the same piece for violin and piano.
In 1972 the rock band Emerson, Lake and Palmer recorded a version of "Hoedown" (note slightly altered spelling) for the album Trilogy, and the piece became a staple of the band's live shows.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Rodeo_(ballet)   (236 words)

 MPR: Conscience vs. McCarthy: the political Aaron Copland
COPLAND: I certainly think it would be sufficient if he were using his Communist membership to angle his teaching to further the purposes of the Communist Party.
Copland's skillful parrying of McCarthy and Co.'s attempts to skewer him was all the more impressive because, by the standards of the Senate committee, he had a great deal to evade.
It's a fascinating story for several reasons: Aaron Copland was always miscast as the avuncular and benign Dean of American Music, the way he is generally portrayed today.
news.minnesota.publicradio.org /features/2005/05/03_morelockb_unamerican   (1500 words)

 - Classical Music Dictionary - Free MP3
Copland (born in Brooklyn, N.Y., nov. 14, 1900) began serious musical study in his early teens.
Copland is perhaps most famous for his superb ballet scores, such as Billy the Kid (1938), Rodeo (1942), and Appalachian Spring (1944), which are all based on American folklore.
Copland's Piano Variations (1930) is the most influential of his many solo and chamber works.
www.karadar.it /Dictionary/copland.html   (289 words)

 Milestones of the Millennium: Appalachian Spring
Aaron Copland’s "Appalachian Spring” captures the essence of an ideal America, one of open fields and endless possibilities.
Copland readily admitted that the pastoral beauty of Appalachia wasn’t on his mind when he wrote the score: “I gave voice to that region without knowing I was giving voice to it.” Graham chose the title after Copland had written much of the score, though he said that her dance style must have evoked Appalachia.
Music critics were in awe of Copland’s ability to capture a vast emotional world within the limits of the 13-piece orchestration prescribed by the original score (which, in turn, was dictated by the size of the Coolidge Auditorium orchestra pit at the Library of Congress, site of the ballet's premiere).
www.npr.org /programs/specials/milestones/991027.motm.apspring.html   (651 words)

 Independent Gay Forum - Aaron Copland at 100
America's most highly regarded Twentieth Century composer of classical music, Aaron Copland, was beloved for his skill at refining into art music the native sounds of America, from Shaker and Appalachian music to rodeo songs and jazz.
Copland has a particular interest for us beyond the merits of his music because he was gay.
Copland's friend Harold Clurman added that "The secret of his wisdom can be traced to his utter acceptance of himself at any early age.
www.indegayforum.org /authors/varnell/varnell42.html   (1005 words)

 Kennedy Center: Biographical information for Aaron Copland   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Copland was born in Brooklyn on November 14, 1900, the youngest of five children.
The young Copland persevered, however, and under the instruction of Nadia Boulanger, a well-known teacher of harmony, he continued to compose.
Copland's last public appearance was at an Aaron Copland Day celebration at the Berkshire Music Center in Tanglewood, Massachusetts on July 24, 1985.
www.kennedy-center.org /calendar/index.cfm?fuseaction=showIndividual&entitY_id=3712&source_type=A   (539 words)

 glbtq >> arts >> Copland, Aaron
In the course of a long life that spanned nearly the entire twentieth century, Aaron Copland composed a significant number of frequently performed musical works that have become so ingrained in the American cultural consciousness that the mere hearing of them evokes for many the idea of American history, struggle, and courage.
Copland was born November 14, 1900 to an impoverished Lithuanian Jewish immigrant family in Brooklyn, New York, and his early experiences were shaped by the urban "melting pot" of American culture.
By the end of the 1930s, Copland had incorporated into his music a number of American popular motifs, particularly those of the American West (for example, the pioneering settlers, the cowboy, the outlaw), along with the influences of the folk song and Hispanic culture.
www.glbtq.com /arts/copland_a.html   (741 words)

 Classical Net Review - Aaron Copland: The Life And Work Of An Uncommon Man
One thing Copland did not mention to the Senators was the "communist song" he wrote in the early '30's.
Copland advanced the art of film music considerably, and was recognized for these accomplishments at the time.
The end of Copland's half-century composing career seems to have come gently, as Copland's inspiration, memory and mental powers generally succumbed to the dementia which had afflicted his father before him, from about 1975 to 1990 when he died.
www.classical.net /music/books/reviews/0805049096a.html   (936 words)

 MUSICMATCH Guide: Aaron Copland
Copland's sheer popularity and iconic status are such that his music has transcended the concert hall and entered the popular consciousness; it both accompanies solemn and joyous celebrations the world over (Fanfare for the Common Man) and punctuates the familiar words "Beef: It's What's for Dinner!" (Rodeo) for millions of television viewers.
Copland was the youngest of five children born to Harris and Sarah Copland, Lithuanian Jewish immigrants who owned a department store in Brooklyn.
Boulanger's performance of Copland's 1924 Organ Symphony with Koussevitzky was the beginning of a friendship between the conductor and composer that led to Copland teaching at the Berkshire Music Center (Tanglewood) from 1940 until 1965.
www.mmguide.musicmatch.com /artist/artist.cgi?ARTISTID=1088316&TMPL=LONG   (1156 words)

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