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Aaron Copland

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Aaron Copland And The Spirit Of Labor Day


The world of work has inspired some of our best-known classical music. From Schumann to Shostakovich, to one of the most respected American classical composers of the twentieth century: Aaron Copland. For Labor Day, Copland is our focus.Leonard Bernstein called him "the best we've got." Works like "Appalachian Spring," "Rodeo," "A Lincoln Portrait," and "Fanfare for the Common Man" have been described as embodying the classic American virtues of simplicity, goodness, and love of wide-open spaces.No wonder he is often called the "dean of American composers."Politics and public affairs were at the center of Copland's life. He was attacked by Sen. Joe McCarthy in the 1950s. As a liberal, at one time he supported a Communist candidate for governor of Minnesota and a Communist candidate for president.Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Find us on Twitter @1A.


6 Sep 2021

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Aaron Copland's Sound of America

On the Media

There are many Americas. Nowadays they barely speak to each other. But during the most perilous years of the last century, one young composer went in search of a sound that melded many of the nation's strains into something singular and new. He was a man of the left, though of no political party: gay, but neither closeted nor out; Jewish, but agnostic, unless you count music as a religion. This independence day (or near enough!), we revisit Sara Fishko's 2017 piece on the story of Aaron Copland.


7 Jul 2021

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Aaron Copland i Samuel Barber

Els homes clàssics

Els "Homes clàssics" (Pedro Pardo i Albert Galceran) acaben temporada viatjant cap a Amèrica amb dos compositors essencials del segle XX: Aaron Copland i Samuel Barber.


27 Jun 2021

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Aaron Copland (1900-1990)

Composer of the Week

This week, Donald Macleod explores Aaron Copland’s most productive decade, and features some of his best loved works in full. During this time Copland hit his prime. He became recognised as America’s leading composer, winning the Pulitzer Prize in Music and an Academy Award for his work in Hollywood.He toured Europe and South America, absorbing diverse influences from each, and composed key works including his Symphony No.3, Appalachian Spring, Lincoln Portrait, Fanfare for the Common Man and Rodeo.We get a sense of how Copland’s personal and professional interests developed over the 1940s and learn about his friendships and challenges during and in the aftermath of World War II.Music Featured: John Henry: A Railroad Ballet for OrchestraQuiet CityPiano SonataOur TownMusic for MoviesLincoln PortraitRodeo: Four Dance EpisodesDanzón Cubano - (version for 2 pianos)Las Agachadas (The Shake-Down Song)Sonata for violin and pianoFanfare for the Common ManAppalachian Spring Suite (version for 13 instruments)Letter From HomeThe Red Pony SuiteThird Symphony (2nd & 3rd mvt)The Heiress SuitePreamble for a Solemn OccasionTwelve Poems of Emily Dickinson (Nos 4, 5 & 12)An Outdoor Overture (version for wind ensemble)Four Piano BluesClarinet ConcertoPresented by Donald MacleodProduced by Iain Chambers For full track listings, including artist and recording details, and to listen to the pieces featured in full (for 30 days after broadcast) head to the series page for Aaron Copland (1900-1990) https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000vplcAnd you can delve into the A-Z of all the composers we’ve featured on Composer of the Week here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/3cjHdZlXwL7W41XGB77X3S0/composers-a-to-z

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7 May 2021

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Appalachian Spring, an American classic by Aaron Copland

Classical Breakdown

There is so much to discover about this masterpiece, like its collaborative and ballet origins, Copland's inventive use of an unknown folk tune, and even how it got its name. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


23 Mar 2021

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Cómo escuchar la música, libro de Aaron Copland. Colección Breviarios FCE.

Qué leer. Antonio Hernández Estrella. Fondo de Cultura Económica

De los muchos lenguajes que conviven en el universo, existe posiblemente uno que no reconoce fronteras, razas ni condición social; me refiero a la música. Para disfrutar mejor el arte musical, es importante poder contar con mayores recursos para conocerlo y poder contextualizarlo. Se trata de un gran libro que debe ser leído por quien le guste la música y pretenda una mayor comprensión de la misma para incrementar el deleite de esta expresión sublime de la humanidad. Música disponible en esta plataforma. Copyright statement: This video is not intended to infringe anycopyright laws in any way. This is for educational purposes; no profit is gained from this. It is the copyrightedproperty of its respective owner.


30 Jan 2021

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Episode 343 Aaron Copland's America

Keys Bartender

We open with an unusual subject for Jim, Aaron Copland, the composer who developed a distinct American style of Classical Music.. True to form the last part of the show covers parking lot fornicating and such.


6 Nov 2020

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Aaron Copland : Musical Journey, Paris to Prairie to Peekskill by David Thwaite

Fourth Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Westchester

How did this artist, a gay Jewish intellectual from Brooklyn, come, through his film and concert scores, to be identified with the Quintessential American music. Was he a “communist”? Did he live in Peekskill? Discover a few “simple gifts” as answers and in listening. (2/23/2020)

1hr 8mins

25 Mar 2020

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#9 What to Listen for? with Aaron Copland's book "What to Listen for in Music" and Mark Pinder

What to Listen for?

Aaron Copland was one of America's great Composers during the Modern period. Living from 1900-1990, Mr. Copland was a Conductor, Educator Writer and of course a Composer in many mediums, adding to the Film, Ballet, Opera, Chamber, and Orchestral repertoire. With contemporaries like Stravinsky, Shoenberg, Boulez and many more, Copland's musical education and experience is one steeped both in complexity and precision. Surely a musical mind worth mining for knowledge. In his book "What to Listen for in Music", Copland endeavours to bring the musical listening style and skill of a composer to the average listener. This book is filled cover to cover with useful concepts and approaches regarding listening.  Through an assortment of excerpts from the book, this podcast aims to stand as a 'taste test', to encourage listeners to read this wonderful book for themselves. Happy Listening, Mark


9 Mar 2020

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Episode 3 - 1945: Aaron Copland, Appalachian Spring

Hearing The Pulitzers

In this episode, Dave and Andrew explore the winner of the third Pulitzer Prize in Music, Aaron Copland for Appalachian Spring. Copland is among the most important and well-known American composers, and his style defined "America" in music for generations. Join us as we explore why Appalachian Spring has become a classic in American music and its reverberations down to today. If you'd like more information about Appalachian Spring and Aaron Copland, we recommend: Howard Pollack's biography Aaron Copland: The Life and Work of an Uncommon Man. Jennifer Delapp-Birket's article "Appalachian Spring at 75: Then and Now" Copland House: http://www.coplandhouse.org Publisher (Boosey and Hawkes): https://www.boosey.com/cr/composer/Aaron+Copland?ttype=BIOGRAPHY


8 Mar 2020