Aaron Copland is an American composer, composition teacher, writer, and later conductor of his own music and other American music. Copland has been dubbed the "dean of American composers by colleagues and critics". The slowly changing open harmonies in much of his music are typical of what many think of the sound of American music, evoking the vast landscape and pioneering spirit of America. He is best known for his writings in the 1930s and 1940s in a deliberately accessible style commonly referred to as "populist" and "native" style by composers. Works on this circuit include Appalachian Spring, Billy the Kid and Rodeo ballet, Fanfare for the Common Man, and Third Symphony. In addition to ballet and orchestral works, he also produces music in a variety of genres, including chamber music, vocal works, musicals, and film soundtracks.
Populist composer credited with developing the American style of composition. He was known as the Dean of American Composers.
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.
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.
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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- Composers of Danzón
- The pupil of Isidor Philipp
- Classical composers are influenced by jazz
- Modern-school composers
- Classic LGBT musician
- Pulitzer Prize winner for music
- Twelve tone composer and serial
- MacDowell Colony Fellows
- Jewish Agronomy
- Oscar winner for best original music
- Honorary Fellow of the Royal Philharmonic Society
- Jewish American Classical Composers
- Hollywood blacklist
- Ballet composers
- Kennedy Center Laureates
- Piano composers
- United States National Medal of Arts Recipient
- American opera composers
- Agnostics of America
- Gold Medal recipient of the National Assembly
- American music educators
- American classical pianist
- Brooklyn Writers
- Americans overseas in France
- The recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
Latest information about Aaron Copland updated on June 07 2021.