Aaron Copland

Brooklyn native, Aaron Copland, is one of the most famous composers in American history. Many of his more accessible works are now considered to be definitive examples of the American style of classical music. Please use this category for all questions regarding the "Dean of American Music."

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Where could Aaron Coplands music be heard?

Just about everywhere in the U.S. Aaron Copland is one of America's most popular classical composers, judging by the continued popularity of his music.

His Fanfare for the Common Man has been played at sporting events and in sports broadcasting for decades (especially in the 1970s Emerson, Lake & Palmer art-rock version), and figures prominently at political events on both sides of the aisle (Obama's 2009 Inaugural Concert at the Lincoln Memorial, Glenn Beck's "Restoring Honor" rally at the Capitol mall). It was also featured in the soundtrack of Saving Private Ryan. The final variation on the Shaker hymn tune "Simple gifts," from Appalachian Spring, seems to be especially emblematic of U.S. national pride, and used to be played behind a visual of a waving U.S. flag as the sign-off for some TV stations.

Copland's music has also been used in commercials: the "Hoedown" section of his Rodeo is archetypical Western/cowboy music, used in the background of the 1990s ad campaign, "Beef. It's what's for dinner," and the cut from Appalachian Spring mentioned previously accompanied the 1996 TV ad campaign introducing Oldsmobile's Aurora, which was heralded as the return of the unabashedly big American car.

Copland himself was known to branch out into non-traditional venues for classical music. He wrote on commission for radio orchestras during the live-studio era, and was a film composer as well. His scores for Our Town (1939) and Of Mice and Men (1940) are particularly notable, and he won an Oscar for his score of The Heiress (1949). Two of his popular ballets, Billy the Kid and Rodeo, were even adapted for TV on the 1952-53 Omnibus program.

Finally, you might also consider the impact of Copland on other composers. His "Western" sound in Billy the Kid and Rodeo turns up in classic Western-movie scores such as The Magnificent Seven and TV themes such as The Big Valley. The "wide open spaces" sound of Fanfare for the Common Man can be heard in the trumpet fanfare intros of such space-themed fare as the original Star Trek series, Superman (1978), and especially Apollo 13, which also references the "national pride" trope that grew out of Appalachian Spring.

What kind of music did Aaron Copland write?

He was a composer who inspired many young American composers. He wrote songs with ballet and orchestral music to choral music and movie scores.

What are 3 facts about Aaron Copland?

Aaron Copland was an American teacher, writer and conductor.

  • He was born on 14 November 1900 and died on 2 December 1990; his father was not at all musically inclined, but his mother sang and played the piano.
  • Copland studied in Paris at the Fontainebleau School of Music. he also travelled to Italy, Ausia and Gemany to help round out his musical education.
  • He composed music and in the 1960s conducted as well.
  • Popular works include Appalachian Spring, Fanfare for the Common Man, Billy the Kid and Thrid Symphony.

Can you give facts about Aaron Copland?

He studied with Nadia Boulanger.

He was the youngest of five children

He died of Alzheimer disease

Is Aaron Copeland's Appalachian Spring now in the public domain?

In short: no. Here's the thing:

Appalachian Spring comprises two separate works: the score by Aaron Copland and the choreography by Martha Graham. Because Graham was more artist than businesswoman, there was a long period of her creativity where the rights were not clearly assigned to the company (assuming that they were works created for hire in Graham's capacity as an employee). Copland, on the other hand, was represented by a publisher, Boosey & Hawkes, so his score IS subject to copyright, and since Copland didn't die until 1990, the first copyright renewal on the score isn't due for some time. In fact, thanks to the 1998 Sonny Bono act, the term of copyright for the score is some 95 years from the date of original publication, meaning that while the choreography is in the public domain and has been for some time, the score won't be in the public domain until somewhere around 2036, assuming that the copyright is not renewed (and it's highly unlikely that it won't be).

The ensuing portion of the earlier answer is correct with regard to the choreography, but the music is Copland's work, not Graham's:

This is the first time that "Appalachian Spring" will be danced by a company other than the Graham company since the pivotal federal court ruling last year that awarded rights to a majority of Graham's ballets to the Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance. "Appalachian Spring" and other works were designated as "in the public domain" by the Southern District of New York Judge Miriam Cederbaum.

What country did Aaron Copland die?

Aaron Copland died in North Tarrytown, New York.

What kind of music was Aaron Copland famous for?

Orchestral, Ballet, Keyboard, Concerto, Chamber, Vocal, Band, Choral, Symphonic, Opera, Film

What schools did Aaron Copland attend?

Grove's Dictionary of Music says that he graduated from the Boys' High School, Brooklyn, New York, in 1918. Other than that they don't mention formal schooling.

Almost all of his musical training was under private teachers and through practical experience. In his youth he studied piano with his mother, then Leopold Wolfsohn, Victor Wittgenstein, and Clarence Adler. For a couple of years following high school he studied composition with Rubin Goldmark (Goldmark taught at Juilliard, but Juilliard does not claim Copland as an alumnus, so it must have been a private arrangement).

At age 20 Copland flew the coop for Paris, where the neoclassical compositions of Stravinsky and the French circle of Milhaud, Poulenc, Honegger et al. were opening up a new direction for American composers, previously so dominated by German Romanticism.

Copland had the further good fortune to study with Nadia Boulanger of the American Conservatory in Fontainebleau. Boulanger had a circle of students that reads like a Who's Who of early 20th-century American composers, including Walter Piston, Roy Harris, and Virgil Thomson. She also encouraged Copland to spend time in Vienna and Berlin as well, where he heard such diverse composers as Hindemith and Webern.

His education as a composer seems to follow the classic pattern: he needed the formal instruction in the basics, but beyond that his development depended most on one-on-one relationships with excellent teachers, and on listening to other composers and studying their works on his own.

What are some childhood facts about Aaron Copland?

He worked in the toy department of his parents' department store! He worked in the toy department of his parents' department store!

'Who is the US's leading composer of symphonic jazz Aaron Copland or george Gershwin?

aaron copland its a tricky question according to U.S. History Review; George Gershwin is considered the leading composer of symphonic jazz! pg.312

Is Aaron Copland still alive?

No, he passed away on December 2, 1990 at the age of 90.

Who was the 20 most famous composers?

Here is a list of 20 famous composers from The Method Behind Music:

George Frederic Handel, Antonio Vivaldi, Johann Sebastian Bach, Joseph Haydn,

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig Von Beethoven, Franz Schubert, Felix

Mendelssohn, Johannes Brahms, Carl Maria von Weber, Frederic Chopin, Franz

Lizt, Richard Wagner, Richard Strauss, Antonin Dvorak, Jan Sibleius, Mikhail Glinka,

Peter Tchaikovsky, Sergei Rachmaninoff, and Aaron Copland.

Did aaron copland have any children?

Aaron Copland did not have any children.

What is aaron copland middle name?

Aaron Copland didn't have a middle name.

Thats cool:) I wish I didn't have a middle name:)

What instrument did Aaron Copland play?

Aaron Copland was known for playing the piano. He was a classical composer that lived from 1900 until 1990. One of his most famous pieces is titled Appalachian Spring.