Aaron Copland





Aaron Copland

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born
in Brooklyn, New York, The United States
November 14, 1900

died
December 02, 1990

gender
male

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Aaron Copland was born on November 14, 1900 in New York City. His musical works ranged from ballet and orchestral music to choral music and movie scores. For the better part of four decades Aaron Copland was considered the premier American composer.

Copland learned to play piano from an older sister. By the time he was fifteen he had decided to become a composer. His first tentative steps included a correspondence course in writing harmony. In 1921 Copland traveled to Paris to attend the newly founded music school for Americans at Fontainebleau. He was the first American student of the brilliant teacher, Nadia Boulanger. After three years in Paris he returned to New York with his first major commission, writing an organ concerto for the Amer...more


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Music and Imagination
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Copland: 1900 Through 1942
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Copland: Since 1943
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The New Music, 1900 1960
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Appalachian Spring Suite
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Copland on Music
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Appalachian Spring: Ballet ...
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The Copland Piano Collectio...
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Aaron Copland: A Reader: Se...
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More books by Aaron Copland…
“To stop the flow of music would be like the stopping of time itself, incredible and inconceivable.”
Aaron Copland

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

“The whole problem can be stated quite simply by asking, 'Is there a meaning to music?' My answer would be, 'Yes.' And 'Can you state in so many words what the meaning is?' My answer to that would be, 'No'.”
Aaron Copland, What to Listen for in Music

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