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Aaron Copland

November 14, 1900 - December 2, 1990
born in Brooklyn, NY, composed during the Modern period
Few figures in American music loom as large as Aaron Copland. As one of the first wave of literary and musical expatriates in Paris during the 1920s, Copland returned to the United States with the means to assume, for the next half century, a central role in American music as composer, promoter, and educator. 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. He did not take formal piano lessons until he was 13, by which time he had also begun writing small pieces. Instead of attending college, Copland studied theory and composition with Rubin Goldmark and piano with Victor Wittgenstein and Clarence Adler, and attended as many concerts, operas, and ballets as possible. In 1921, he went to Fontainebleau, France, taking conducting and composition classes at the American Conservatory. He went on to study in Paris with Ricardo Viñes and Nadia Boulanger and spent the next three years soaking up all the European culture, both new and old, that he could. He learned to admire not only composers like Stravinsky, Milhaud, Fauré, and Mahler, but others such as author André Gide. 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.

After his return to America, Copland drifted toward an incisive, austere style that captured something of the sobriety of Depression-torn America. The most representative work of this period -- the Piano Variations (1930) -- remains one of the composer's seminal efforts. He tried to avoid taking a university position, instead writing for journals and newspapers, organizing concerts, and taking on administrative duties for composers' organizations, trying to promote American music. By the mid-1930s, taking the direct engagement of and communication with audiences as one of his central tenets, Copland's compositions developed (in parallel with other composers like Virgil Thomson and Roy Harris) an "American" style marked by folk influences, a new melodic and harmonic simplicity, and an appealing directness free from intellectual pretension. This is nowhere more in evidence than in Copland's ballets of this period, and it finally earned him the respect of the general public. While Copland gradually became less prolific from the mid-1950s on, he continued to experiment and explore "fresh" means of musical expression, including a highly individual adoption of 12-tone principles in works like the Piano Fantasy and Connotations for orchestra. Still, the fundamentally lyrical nature of Copland's language remained intact and occasionally emerged -- with an often surprising retrospective air -- in works like the Duo for flute and piano (1971). He continued to teach and write and received numerous awards both in America and abroad. In 1958, he began conducting orchestras around the world, performing works by 80 other composers as well as his own over the next 20 years. By the mid-'70s, Copland had for all intents and purposes ceased composing. One of the last of his creative accomplishments was the completion of his two-volume autobiography (with musicologist Vivian Perlis), an essential document in understanding the growth of American music in the twentieth century. ~ Rovi Staff, Rovi
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Selected Discography

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Track List: A Copland Celebration Vol. 2

Disc 1
Title: Vitebsk, Study On A Jewish Theme, For Piano Trio

1. Vitebsk, Study On A Jewish Theme, For Piano Trio: Vitebsk, Study On A Jewish Theme For Piano Trio (1928)

Title: Sextet, For Clarinet, Piano & String Quartet (arr. Of Symphony No. 2)

2. Sextet, For Clarinet, Piano & String Quartet (arr. Of Symphony No. 2): Allegro Vivace

3. Sextet, For Clarinet, Piano & String Quartet (arr. Of Symphony No. 2): Lento

4. Sextet, For Clarinet, Piano & String Quartet (arr. Of Symphony No. 2): Finale

Title: Piano Quartet

5. Piano Quartet: Adagio Serio

6. Piano Quartet: Allegro Giusto

7. Piano Quartet: Non Troppo Lento

Title: Duo, For Flute (Or Violin) & Piano

8. Duo, For Flute (Or Violin) & Piano: Flowing

9. Duo, For Flute (Or Violin) & Piano: Poetic, Somewhat Mournful

10. Duo, For Flute (Or Violin) & Piano: Lively, With Bounce

Disc 2
Title: Lincoln Portrait, For Speaker & Orchestra

1. Lincoln Portrait, For Speaker & Orchestra: Fellow Citizens, We Cannot Escape History...

Title: Poems (12) Of Emily Dickinson, Song Cycle For Voice & Piano (Orchestrated 1970 As "Poems (8) Of Emily Dickinson")

2. Poems (12) Of Emily Dickinson, Song Cycle For Voice & Piano (Orchestrated 1970 As "Poems (8) Of Emily Dickinson"): I. Nature, The Gentlest Mother

3. Poems (12) Of Emily Dickinson, Song Cycle For Voice & Piano (Orchestrated 1970 As "Poems (8) Of Emily Dickinson"): II. There Came A Wind Like A Bugle

4. Poems (12) Of Emily Dickinson, Song Cycle For Voice & Piano (Orchestrated 1970 As "Poems (8) Of Emily Dickinson"): III. Why Do They Shut Me Out Of Heaven?

5. Poems (12) Of Emily Dickinson, Song Cycle For Voice & Piano (Orchestrated 1970 As "Poems (8) Of Emily Dickinson"): IV. The World Feels Dusty

6. Poems (12) Of Emily Dickinson, Song Cycle For Voice & Piano (Orchestrated 1970 As "Poems (8) Of Emily Dickinson"): V. Heart, We Will Forget Him

7. Poems (12) Of Emily Dickinson, Song Cycle For Voice & Piano (Orchestrated 1970 As "Poems (8) Of Emily Dickinson"): VI. Dear March, Come In!

8. Poems (12) Of Emily Dickinson, Song Cycle For Voice & Piano (Orchestrated 1970 As "Poems (8) Of Emily Dickinson"): VII. Sleep Is Supposed Bo Be

9. Poems (12) Of Emily Dickinson, Song Cycle For Voice & Piano (Orchestrated 1970 As "Poems (8) Of Emily Dickinson"): VIII. When They Come Back

10. Poems (12) Of Emily Dickinson, Song Cycle For Voice & Piano (Orchestrated 1970 As "Poems (8) Of Emily Dickinson"): IX. I Felt A Funeral In My Brain

11. Poems (12) Of Emily Dickinson, Song Cycle For Voice & Piano (Orchestrated 1970 As "Poems (8) Of Emily Dickinson"): X. I've Heard An Organ Talk Sometimes

12. Poems (12) Of Emily Dickinson, Song Cycle For Voice & Piano (Orchestrated 1970 As "Poems (8) Of Emily Dickinson"): XI. Going To Heaven!

13. Poems (12) Of Emily Dickinson, Song Cycle For Voice & Piano (Orchestrated 1970 As "Poems (8) Of Emily Dickinson"): XII. The Chariot

Title: Old American Songs, For Voice & Piano, Book 1

14. Old American Songs, For Voice & Piano, Book 1: I. The Boatmen's Dance

15. Old American Songs, For Voice & Piano, Book 1: II. The Dodger

16. Old American Songs, For Voice & Piano, Book 1: III. Long Time Ago

17. Old American Songs, For Voice & Piano, Book 1: IV. Simple Gifts

18. Old American Songs, For Voice & Piano, Book 1: V. I Bought Me A Cat

Title: Old American Songs, For Voice & Piano, Book 2

19. Old American Songs, For Voice & Piano, Book 2: I. The Little Horses

20. Old American Songs, For Voice & Piano, Book 2: II. Zion's Walls

21. Old American Songs, For Voice & Piano, Book 2: III. The Golden Willow Tree

22. Old American Songs, For Voice & Piano, Book 2: IV. At The River

23. Old American Songs, For Voice & Piano, Book 2: V. Ching-a-ring Chaw

Title: Billy The Kid, Orchestral Suite From The Ballet

24. Billy The Kid, Orchestral Suite From The Ballet: VIII. The Open Prairie Again

25. Billy The Kid, Orchestral Suite From The Ballet: II. Street In A Frontier Town

26. Billy The Kid, Orchestral Suite From The Ballet: Celebration (After Billy's Capture)

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Track List: Copland: Music for Films

Title: The Red Pony, Suite For Orchestra

1. The Red Pony, Suite For Orchestra: Morning On The Ranch

2. The Red Pony, Suite For Orchestra: The Gift

3. The Red Pony, Suite For Orchestra: Dream March Suite

4. The Red Pony, Suite For Orchestra: Circus Music

5. The Red Pony, Suite For Orchestra: Walk To The Bunkhouse

6. The Red Pony, Suite For Orchestra: Grandfather's Story

7. The Red Pony, Suite For Orchestra: Happy Ending

Title: Our Town, Suite From The Film Score For Orchestra

8. Our Town, Suite From The Film Score For Orchestra: Our Town

Title: The Heiress, Film Score

9. The Heiress, Film Score: Departure / Morris Suggests Love / The Proposal / Finale

Title: Music For Movies, Suite For Orchestra

10. Music For Movies, Suite For Orchestra: New England Countryside

11. Music For Movies, Suite For Orchestra: Barley Wagons

12. Music For Movies, Suite For Orchestra: Sunday Traffic

13. Music For Movies, Suite For Orchestra: Grovers Corner

14. Music For Movies, Suite For Orchestra: Threshing Machines

Title: Music For Radio ("Saga Of The Prairies"), For Orchestra

15. Music For Radio ("Saga Of The Prairies"), For Orchestra: Prairie Journal (Music For Radio)

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Track List: A Copland Celebration Vol. 3

Disc 1
Title: Old American Songs, For Voice & Piano, Book 1

1. Old American Songs, For Voice & Piano, Book 1: I. The Boatmen's Dance

2. Old American Songs, For Voice & Piano, Book 1: II. The Dodger

3. Old American Songs, For Voice & Piano, Book 1: III. Long Time Ago

4. Old American Songs, For Voice & Piano, Book 1: IV. Simple Gifts

5. Old American Songs, For Voice & Piano, Book 1: V. I Bought Me A Cat

Title: Old American Songs, For Voice & Piano, Book 2

6. Old American Songs, For Voice & Piano, Book 2: I. The Little Horses

7. Old American Songs, For Voice & Piano, Book 2: II. Zion's Walls

8. Old American Songs, For Voice & Piano, Book 2: III. The Golden Willow Tree

9. Old American Songs, For Voice & Piano, Book 2: IV. At The River

10. Old American Songs, For Voice & Piano, Book 2: V. Ching-a-ring Chaw

Title: Poems (12) Of Emily Dickinson, Song Cycle For Voice & Piano (Orchestrated 1970 As "Poems (8) Of Emily Dickinson")

11. Poems (12) Of Emily Dickinson, Song Cycle For Voice & Piano (Orchestrated 1970 As "Poems (8) Of Emily Dickinson"): I. Nature, The Gentlest Mother

12. Poems (12) Of Emily Dickinson, Song Cycle For Voice & Piano (Orchestrated 1970 As "Poems (8) Of Emily Dickinson"): II. There Came A Wind Like A Bugle

13. Poems (12) Of Emily Dickinson, Song Cycle For Voice & Piano (Orchestrated 1970 As "Poems (8) Of Emily Dickinson"): III. Why Do They Shut Me Out Of Heaven?

14. Poems (12) Of Emily Dickinson, Song Cycle For Voice & Piano (Orchestrated 1970 As "Poems (8) Of Emily Dickinson"): IV. The World Feels Dusty

15. Poems (12) Of Emily Dickinson, Song Cycle For Voice & Piano (Orchestrated 1970 As "Poems (8) Of Emily Dickinson"): V. Heart, We Will Forget Him

16. Poems (12) Of Emily Dickinson, Song Cycle For Voice & Piano (Orchestrated 1970 As "Poems (8) Of Emily Dickinson"): VI. Dear March, Come In!

17. Poems (12) Of Emily Dickinson, Song Cycle For Voice & Piano (Orchestrated 1970 As "Poems (8) Of Emily Dickinson"): VII. Sleep Is Supposed Bo Be

18. Poems (12) Of Emily Dickinson, Song Cycle For Voice & Piano (Orchestrated 1970 As "Poems (8) Of Emily Dickinson"): VIII. When They Come Back

19. Poems (12) Of Emily Dickinson, Song Cycle For Voice & Piano (Orchestrated 1970 As "Poems (8) Of Emily Dickinson"): IX. I Felt A Funeral In My Brain

20. Poems (12) Of Emily Dickinson, Song Cycle For Voice & Piano (Orchestrated 1970 As "Poems (8) Of Emily Dickinson"): X. I've Heard An Organ Talk Sometimes

21. Poems (12) Of Emily Dickinson, Song Cycle For Voice & Piano (Orchestrated 1970 As "Poems (8) Of Emily Dickinson"): XI. Going To Heaven!

22. Poems (12) Of Emily Dickinson, Song Cycle For Voice & Piano (Orchestrated 1970 As "Poems (8) Of Emily Dickinson"): XII. The Chariot

Title: In The Beginning, For Mezzo-soprano & Chorus

23. In The Beginning, For Mezzo-soprano & Chorus: In The Beginning

Title: Lark, For Baritone & Chorus

24. Lark, For Baritone & Chorus: Lark

Disc 2
Title: The Tender Land, Opera

1. The Tender Land, Opera: Gently Flowing

2. The Tender Land, Opera: Once I Thought I'd Never Grow Tall As This Fence

3. The Tender Land, Opera: Do You Suppose They're Makin' Food In There?

4. The Tender Land, Opera: We've Been North

5. The Tender Land, Opera: Halloo, Halloo

6. The Tender Land, Opera: If You Boys Work As Smooth As You Talk, We'll Make Good Time In The Fields

7. The Tender Land, Opera: The Promise Of Living With Hope And Thanksgiving

8. The Tender Land, Opera: Not Enough For Me, Mrs. Moss

9. The Tender Land, Opera: Thank You, Thank You All

10. The Tender Land, Opera: Ah, Laurie, You Are A Puzzle

11. The Tender Land, Opera: Stomp Your Foot Upon The Floor

12. The Tender Land, Opera: The World Seems Still Tonight

13. The Tender Land, Opera: Introduction (Act III)

14. The Tender Land, Opera: Daybreak Will Come In Such A Short Time

15. The Tender Land, Opera: That's Crazy!

16. The Tender Land, Opera: The Sun Is Coming Up As Though I'd Never Seen It Rise Before

17. The Tender Land, Opera: You Are Strange To Me

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Track List: Aaron Copland: Lincoln Portrait & Other Works

1. John Henry, Railroad Ballad For Orchestra Or Chamber Orchestra: John Henry (A Railroad Ballad For Orchestra)

2. Lincoln Portrait, For Speaker & Orchestra: Lincoln Portrait

3. The Tender Land, Opera: The Promise Of Living With Hope And Thanksgiving

4. Old American Songs, For Voice & Piano, Book 1: Old Amerian Songs, Set 1

5. Jubilee Variations, For Orchestra: Jubilee Variations

6. Ceremonial Fanfare, For Brass Ensemble: Ceremonial Fanfare

7. An Outdoor Overture, For Orchestra Or Band: An Outdoor Overture

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Track List: Aaron Copland: Music For Piano

Title: Passacaglia, For Piano

1. Passacaglia, For Piano: Passacaglia

Title: Piano Variations

2. Piano Variations: Piano Variations

Title: Piano Sonata
Title: Piano Fantasy

6. Piano Fantasy: Piano Fantasy

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Track List: Copland: Appalachian Spring, Clarinet Concerto

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Track List: Copland: Appalachian Spring/Fanfare For The Common Man/El Salon México/Danzon Cubano

1. Appalachian Spring, Concert Suite For Full Orchestra: I. Very Slowly

2. Appalachian Spring, Concert Suite For Full Orchestra: II. Allegro

3. Appalachian Spring, Concert Suite For Full Orchestra: III. Moderato: The Bride And Her Intended

4. Appalachian Spring, Concert Suite For Full Orchestra: IV. Fast: The Revivalist And His Flock

5. Appalachian Spring, Concert Suite For Full Orchestra: V. Allegro: Solo Dance Of The Bride

6. Appalachian Spring, Concert Suite For Full Orchestra: VI. Meno Mosso

7. Appalachian Spring, Concert Suite For Full Orchestra: VII. Doppio Movimento: Variations On A Shaker Hymn

Title: Fanfare For The Common Man, For Brass & Percussion (From Symphony No. 3)

8. Fanfare For The Common Man, For Brass & Percussion (From Symphony No. 3): Fanfare For The Common Man

Title: El Salón México, For Orchestra

9. El Salón México, For Orchestra: El Salon Mexico

Title: Danzón Cubano, For 2 Pianos (or Orchestra [1945])

10. Danzón Cubano, For 2 Pianos (or Orchestra [1945]): Danzon Cubano

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Track List: Copland: Appalachian Spring; Billy the Kid; Rodeo

Title: Billy The Kid, Ballet

1. Billy The Kid, Ballet: Billy The Kid

Title: Appalachian Spring, Ballet For 13 Instruments

2. Appalachian Spring, Ballet For 13 Instruments: Appalachian Spring

Title: Rodeo, Selections From The Ballet (Including "Four Dance Episodes")
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Track List: Copland: Appalachian Spring; Rodeo; Fanfare For The Common Man

Title: Fanfare For The Common Man, For Brass & Percussion (From Symphony No. 3)

1. Fanfare For The Common Man, For Brass & Percussion (From Symphony No. 3): Fanfare For The Common Man

Title: Rodeo, Selections From The Ballet (Including "Four Dance Episodes")

2. Rodeo, Selections From The Ballet (Including "Four Dance Episodes"): Buckaroo Holiday

3. Rodeo, Selections From The Ballet (Including "Four Dance Episodes"): II. Corral Nocturne

4. Rodeo, Selections From The Ballet (Including "Four Dance Episodes"): III. Saturday Night Waltz

5. Rodeo, Selections From The Ballet (Including "Four Dance Episodes"): IV. Hoe Down

Title: Appalachian Spring, Concert Suite For Full Orchestra

6. Appalachian Spring, Concert Suite For Full Orchestra: Appalachian Spring

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Track List: Copland: Appalachian Spring; Short Symphony; Quiet City; 3 Latin American Sketches

1. Appalachian Spring, Concert Suite For Full Orchestra: Appalachian Spring (Suite)

Title: Symphony No. 2 ("Short Symphony")

2. Symphony No. 2 ("Short Symphony"): I. Tempo = 144 (Incisivo)

3. Symphony No. 2 ("Short Symphony"): II. Tempo = Circa 44

4. Symphony No. 2 ("Short Symphony"): III. Tempo = 144 (Preciso E Ritmico)

Title: Quiet City, For English Horn, Trumpet & Strings (From The Incidental Music)

5. Quiet City, For English Horn, Trumpet & Strings (From The Incidental Music): Quiet City

Title: Latin American Sketches (3), For Orchestra

6. Latin American Sketches (3), For Orchestra: I. Estribillo

7. Latin American Sketches (3), For Orchestra: II. Paisaje Mexicano

8. Latin American Sketches (3), For Orchestra: III. Danza De Jalisco

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Track List: Copland: El Salón México; Appalacian Spring; Rodeo; Dance Symphony; Fanfare

Title: El Salón México, For Orchestra

1. El Salón México, For Orchestra: El Salon Mexico

Title: Dance Symphony, For Orchestra

2. Dance Symphony, For Orchestra: I. Lento - Molto Allegro - Adagio Molto

3. Dance Symphony, For Orchestra: II. Andante Moderato

4. Dance Symphony, For Orchestra: III. Alegro Vivo

Title: Fanfare For The Common Man, For Brass & Percussion (From Symphony No. 3)

5. Fanfare For The Common Man, For Brass & Percussion (From Symphony No. 3): Fanfare For The Common Man

Title: Rodeo, Selections From The Ballet (Including "Four Dance Episodes")

6. Rodeo, Selections From The Ballet (Including "Four Dance Episodes"): Buckaroo Holiday

7. Rodeo, Selections From The Ballet (Including "Four Dance Episodes"): II. Corral Nocturne

8. Rodeo, Selections From The Ballet (Including "Four Dance Episodes"): III. Saturday Night Waltz

9. Rodeo, Selections From The Ballet (Including "Four Dance Episodes"): IV. Hoe Down

Title: Appalachian Spring, Concert Suite For Full Orchestra

10. Appalachian Spring, Concert Suite For Full Orchestra: I. Very Slowly

11. Appalachian Spring, Concert Suite For Full Orchestra: II. Allegro

12. Appalachian Spring, Concert Suite For Full Orchestra: III. Moderato: The Bride And Her Intended

13. Appalachian Spring, Concert Suite For Full Orchestra: IV. Fast: The Revivalist And His Flock

14. Appalachian Spring, Concert Suite For Full Orchestra: V. Allegro: Solo Dance Of The Bride

15. Appalachian Spring, Concert Suite For Full Orchestra: VI. Meno Mosso

16. Appalachian Spring, Concert Suite For Full Orchestra: VII. Doppio Movimento: Variations On A Shaker Hymn

17. Appalachian Spring, Concert Suite For Full Orchestra: VIII. Moderato: Coda

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Track List: Copland: Piano Sonata; Piano Fantasy

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Track List: Copland: Symphony No. 3; Quiet City

Title: Symphony No. 3

1. Symphony No. 3: I. Molto Moderato

2. Symphony No. 3: II. Allegro Molto

3. Symphony No. 3: III. Andantino Quasi Allegretto

4. Symphony No. 3: IV. Molto Deliberator Fanfare Allegro Risoluto

Title: Quiet City, For English Horn, Trumpet & Strings (From The Incidental Music)

5. Quiet City, For English Horn, Trumpet & Strings (From The Incidental Music): Quiet City

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Track List: Copland: The Populist

Title: Billy The Kid, Ballet

1. Billy The Kid, Ballet: Billy The Kid

Title: Appalachian Spring, Concert Suite For Full Orchestra

2. Appalachian Spring, Concert Suite For Full Orchestra: Appalachian Spring

Title: Rodeo, Selections From The Ballet (Including "Four Dance Episodes")

3. Rodeo, Selections From The Ballet (Including "Four Dance Episodes"): Buckaroo Holiday

4. Rodeo, Selections From The Ballet (Including "Four Dance Episodes"): II. Corral Nocturne

5. Rodeo, Selections From The Ballet (Including "Four Dance Episodes"): III. Saturday Night Waltz

6. Rodeo, Selections From The Ballet (Including "Four Dance Episodes"): IV. Hoe Down

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Track List: Super Hits

Title: Fanfare For The Common Man, For Brass & Percussion (From Symphony No. 3)

1. Fanfare For The Common Man, For Brass & Percussion (From Symphony No. 3): Fanfare For The Common Man

Title: Variations On A Shaker Melody, For Orchestra (Arr. From Appalachian Spring)
Title: Billy The Kid, Orchestral Suite From The Ballet
Title: El Salón México, For Orchestra
Title: Rodeo, Selections From The Ballet (Including "Four Dance Episodes")
Title: Lincoln Portrait, For Speaker & Orchestra

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Wonderful compositian. . . s p e a k s volumes.
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Love Aaron but do not understand why this is on my Baroque channel. Only 200 years off.
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Appalachian spring sounds quite similar to the camp song barges
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boogkline
Renewed romantic feelings I thought I lost
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Most enjoyable listening.
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I'm glad Pandaora gave the Maestro a special banner on his biography page. His sensitivity, his melody lines, and his sheer importance as a composer throughout the 20th century sets him apart. One of America's better ambassadors on the world stage, Bravo!
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jeffjerusha
He is a great symbol of true American ingenuity. His works reflect the beauty of the wonderful land many call home.
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Bleh. Gosh I totally messed up on that last comment. Sorry guys. Wish I could edit it. Whatever. :/
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Beyond classical is...is... Oh wait. Classical music has no boundaries.
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One of my favorite composers. Wonderful music just to walk along and enjoy the day.
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A. Copland, Symphony #3, the best of all time, unsurpassed power and triumph.
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One of the greatest American composers.
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No other composer more epitomizes the American spirit or has brought its history to music than Aaron Copland
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Sublime composition on a simple theme. Love Copland, but what is a 20TH century composer doing on my Baroque Radio channel?
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Nothing sweeps across the beautiful landscape of America like Copland's compositions .
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An American Treasure
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“If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, Infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro' narrow chinks of his cavern.” -- William Blake, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell ― ‘You are here to enable the divine purpose of the universe to unfold. That is how important you are!’ – Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenmen t
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mquehrn
One hears, feels, and absorbs this music. It brings one back to square one. Cleanses and renews.
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Copland is the composer of the month or week in my school , Jane Dee Hull elementary school I'm in Mrs minnor class
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mutzi7
I listen to Copland with my soul.
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billhtipton
Listening to Aaron Copland not only brings me joy, it also makes me proud to be an American!
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This type of music stimulates me out of my usual thinking patterns this is a good thing.
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xiphosjoe
this song makes me wanna cringe my butt
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Copland's music has the power to touch my soul. Lucy
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I could listen to his music over and over again. Forget about the hip hop junk that young people listen
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Great music from one of America's best classical composers. I love this music!
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I luv Aaron Copland!
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ddraim1844.. . . W O W ! ! That is a great story! To have Mr. Copland himself directing you for his B-day is INCREDIBLE! Your choir must have been pretty good to have been selected. My sister is the choir director at our local high school, they have a great music program so I can fully appreciate your story. To bad we didn't have home video recording capabilities back then you could have relived the experience & maybe appreciated it a little more. What a honor to have been thru that though! Very cool.
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This is another of those songs that if your heart aint pumpin when its over, you must be dead.
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cassiecoolst e r
I like her music its actually better than others
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In 1975, the high school choir that I sang in was chosen to sing Aaron Copland's a cappella In The Beginning at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC for the composer's 75th birthday celebration. Copland himself conducted us. I was only 17 and didn't fully appreciate how fortunate I was to sing under his direction... I now understand. The evening before, he came to our high school in Northern VA to rehearse us. Precious memories of a great and generous man.
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I suddenly have a craving for beef... maybe for dinner.
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Spike Lee used a lot of Copland's music in his film He Got Game. This film included Denzel Washington and Pro Basketball Player Ray Allen. What a great movie!
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paultwatson
I hope his work becomes what is view as the sound of our time. It is for me. Hats off maestro.
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guotan
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes when done press f6 and your lover's name will come on the big letters. This is so scary because it actually works.
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This is classic, going home, Americana. DBH
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desilva.emil e a n e
First heard his music, Fanfare to the Common Man at a graduation ceremony. I had to find and listen to more, especially Appalachian Spring. Wonderful!!
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Just amazing..... c o u l d listen to Copland forever!
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Why does this tune make me salivate?
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ccoc0
I love Appalachain Spring. The mixed soloing is very nicely done and I love the great symphony orchestra sound
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I was fortunate enough to get to play some of this man's amazing music as part of a symphony. One of the most amazing experiences!
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I love that Patrick! So true!
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patrickmott1 - interesting comment. I couldn't agree more. This is what the real America is and what it sounds like inside.
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patrickmott1
I tell people I meet on travels abroad that if they want to know what America and Americans are like--really like, deep down in their heart of hearts--they should cue up a bunch of Aaron Copland, settle into a comfortable chair, close their eyes and open their imaginations . What they'll see and feel will be us at our best and most authentic.
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Copland is probably the greatest of the American masters. He simply can not be compared to the other music genres of today. The depth and breadth of emotion he communicates through his music is simply without equal.
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Copland? gangsta beats? yay yay and 2 whoops? Sarah Palin? cluck like a chicken?
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1122933
The feeling emoted in Copland's pieces along with the complexity and musicality in them are unmatched. Anyone composing now should take notes! This man was a musical genius.
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Them s**ts got them gangsta beats yay yay and 2 whoops
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erich121
I was a bit too pretentious as a younger man (well, maybe a lot too pretentious) to appreciate this music that I considered so unsophistica t e d that it could be used in car commercials. I've grown up. I really enjoy his music now.
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It occurs to me too that when your listening to Aaron Copland that
what you are doing...you are listening to Aaron Copland. Your amerced in and moving with it and it has all of your attention. Your eyes are growing heavier and heavier and you are getting sleepy and becoming more and more relaxed. When I count to ten and snap my fingers you will cluck like a chicken. DMB

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