Aaron Copland

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Date of Birth November 14, 1900
Place of Birth Brooklyn, New York
Date of Death Dec 2, 1990 (90)
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Aaron Copland

Aaron Copland was an American composer, composition teacher, writer, and later a conductor of his own and other American music. Copland was referred to by his peers and critics as "the Dean of American Composers". The open, slowly changing harmonies in much of his music are typical of what many people consider to be the sound of American music, evoking the vast American landscape and pioneer spirit. He is best known for the works he wrote in the 1930s and 1940s in a deliberately accessible style often referred to as "populist" and which the composer labeled his "vernacular" style. Works in this vein include the ballets Appalachian Spring, Billy the Kid and Rodeo, his Fanfare for the Common Man and Third Symphony. In addition to his ballets and orchestral works, he produced music in many other genres, including chamber music, vocal works, opera and film scores.

About Aaron Copland

Populist composer credited with developing the American style of composition. He was known as the Dean of American Composers.

Before Fame

He studied first with composer Rubin Goldmark, then abroad with Isidor Philipp, Paul Vidal, and pedagogue Nadia Boulanger.

Achievement

His musical output was astounding, and he became known for his ballets, 'Appalachian Spring,' 'Billy the Kid,' 'Fanfare for the Common Man,' 'Rodeo,' and Third Symphony.

Family Life

He kept his homosexual orientation private, as well as his relationships with photographer Victor Kraft, artist Alvin Ross, pianist Paul Moor, dancer Erik Johns, and composer John Brodbin Kennedy.

Associations

He taught himself how to conduct and would at times consult his close friend Leonard Bernstein for help in developing his technique and style.

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  • Pupils of Isidor Philipp
  • Handel Medallion recipients
  • Jazz-influenced classical composers
  • Modernist composers
  • LGBT classical musicians
  • Pulitzer Prize for Music winners
  • MacDowell Colony fellows
  • Twelve-tone and serial composers
  • Jewish agnostics
  • Best Original Music Score Academy Award winners
  • Honorary Members of the Royal Philharmonic Society
  • Jewish American classical composers
  • Hollywood blacklist
  • Ballet composers
  • Kennedy Center honorees
  • Pupils of Nadia Boulanger
  • Composers for piano
  • American opera composers
  • United States National Medal of Arts recipients
  • American agnostics
  • Congressional Gold Medal recipients
  • American music educators
  • Writers from Brooklyn
  • American expatriates in France
  • American classical pianists
  • Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients
  • American film score composers
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