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  • Music for Dance and Film - Aaron Copland Collection - Collections

    Billy the Kid: production shot, 1938, Music Division, Library of Congress. In the mid-1930s Copland began to receive commissions from dance companies. The first, from the Chicago choreographer Ruth Page, resulted in the 1935 score Hear Ye! Hear Ye!, a ballet with a Rashomon-like plot set in a court of law. Hear Ye! Hear Ye! was a local success but did not make the ...

  • 1961-1975 - Aaron Copland Collection - Collections

    1961 Copland received the MacDowell Colony Medal from the Edward MacDowell Association for distinguished service in the field of music. Began seven years (until 1968) as president of the Edward MacDowell Association. 1962 Premiere of his composition Connotations, commissioned by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra for the opening of Philharmonic Hall (later Avery Fisher Hall) at Lincoln Center, New York. 1964 Received the Medal ...

  • M - Aaron Copland Collection - Collections

    From "Mid-Day Thoughts" to "Music for the Theatre" (8 works)

  • 1931-1944 - Aaron Copland Collection - Collections

    1932 Organized the first Festival of Contemporary Music at Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, New York, and the second the following year. [Detail] Aaron Copland with car; probably at Yaddo, ca. 1932. Music Division, Library of Congress. 1935 Taught composition at Harvard University while Walter Piston was on leave of absence. [Detail] Aaron Copland with Walter Piston, 1960. Music Division, Library of Congress. 1937 Co-founded the ...

  • Final Accomplishments - Aaron Copland Collection - Collections

    During the 1970s Copland put his musical house in order, producing works based on earlier sketches, of which the most extensive is the Duo for Flute and Piano of 1971. A second career, that of conductor, opened up for him as he conducted not only his own compositions but those of other Americans and works from the standard repertory. He also recorded much of ...

  • My Friend Aaron - Aaron Copland Collection - Collections

    Aaron Copland is quite simply a great man. I do not refer to his eminence as a composer; I speak of the person. It is his simplicity which is the essential mark of greatness. AAaron Copland as photographed by David Diamond. Music Division, Library of Congress. He did not "develop" it, he always possessed it. When he was twenty-one, he was in considerable measure ...

  • P - Aaron Copland Collection - Collections

    From "Passacaglia" to "Proclamation for Piano" (9 works)

  • 1976-1990 - Aaron Copland Collection - Collections

    1979 Received the Kennedy Center Honors from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., along with Martha Graham, Henry Fonda, Ella Fitzgerald, and Tennessee Williams. [Detail] Aaron Copland at his piano, Rock Hill, 1978. Music Division, Library of Congress. 1986 Received the National Medal of Arts from U.S. President Ronald Reagan and the Congressional Gold Medal from the U.S. ...

  • Early Years and "An American Music" - Aaron Copland Collection - Collections

    Aaron Copland in Paris, early 1920s, Music Division, Library of Congress. When Aaron Copland boarded a ship for Paris in June 1921, a few months short of his twenty-first birthday, he already had a good musical training thanks to his conservative but thorough American teacher, Rubin Goldmark. He carried in his luggage the manuscript of what was to be his first published piece, the ...

  • A Brief Introduction to the Music of Aaron Copland - Aaron Copland Collection - Collections

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  • 1950's and 1960's: Opera and Stylistic Diversity - Aaron Copland Collection - Collections

    Aaron Copland sorting his mail, Music Division, Library of Congress. In 1950 it seemed that another of Copland's ambitions was about to be fulfilled: Sir Rudolf Bing approached him with the suggestion that he and Thornton Wilder write an operatic version of Our Town for the Metropolitan Opera. But Wilder declined ("I'm convinced that I write a-musical plays . . . that in them ...

  • N - Aaron Copland Collection - Collections

    From "Night Thoughts (Homage to Ives)" to "The North Star" (3 works)

  • Modernism, Mexico and Beyond - Aaron Copland Collection - Collections

    Aaron Copland and Serge Koussevitzky, Tanglewood, Music Division, Library of Congress. Copland's music of the late 1920s drives towards two of his key works, both uncompromising in their modernism: the Symphonic Ode of 1929 and the Piano Variations of 1930. The fate of these compositions contrasts sharply. While the Piano Variations is not often performed in concert, it is well known to pianists because ...

  • 1945-1960 - Aaron Copland Collection - Collections

    1945 Copland was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and New York Music Critic's Circle Award for the ballet he wrote for Martha Graham, Appalachian Spring (1944), commissioned by the Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge Music Foundation at the Library of Congress. Set and cast for the first production of Appalachian Spring. Left to right: Martha Graham, Erick Hawkins, May O'Donnell, Merce Cunningham, the four followers. A posed ...

  • S - Aaron Copland Collection - Collections

    From "Scherzo" to "Symphony no. 1" (15 works)

  • H - Aaron Copland Collection - Collections

    "Happy Anniversary" to "The House on the Hill" (4 works)

  • R - Aaron Copland Collection - Collections

    From "The Red Pony" to "Rondino on the Name Gabriel Fauré" (4 works)

  • T - Aaron Copland Collection - Collections

    From "The Tender Land" to "Two Pieces for Violin and Piano" (13 works)

  • I - Aaron Copland Collection - Collections

    From "In the Beginning" to "Into the Streets May First" (4 works)

  • Q - Aaron Copland Collection - Collections

    From "Quartet for Piano and Strings" to "Quiet City" (2 works)

  • Birthday Tribute - Aaron Copland Collection - Collections

    Celebrating Aaron Copland's birthday has for me become virtually an avocational pursuit. At the time Aaron was sixty I was president of the Juilliard School and had the satisfaction of organizing a grand festival of his works. For his seventieth there was a special program at Lincoln Center organized by his publishers, who for both birthdays gave splendid parties after the performances. It was ...

  • Related Resources - Aaron Copland Collection - Collections

    By Copland Copland, Aaron. "The Composer and His Critic." Modern Music 9, no. 4 (May-June 1932): 143-47. ______. Copland on Music. New York: Doubleday, 1960. ______. Music and Imagination. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1952. ______. The New Music, 1900-1960. Revised and enlarged edition. New York: W. W. Norton, 1968. ______. Our New Music: Leading Composers in Europe and America. New York and London: ...

  • 1900-1920 - Aaron Copland Collection - Collections

    1900 November 14: Aaron Copland was born in Brooklyn, New York, the youngest of five children born to Harris Morris Copland, a department store owner, and his wife, Sarah Mittenthal Copland. [Detail] Aaron Copland's parents, Harris and Sarah Copland, 1922. Music Division, Library of Congress. 1914 Began his formal musical training by taking private piano lessons with Leopold Wolfsohn in Brooklyn, New York. He ...

  • O - Aaron Copland Collection - Collections

    From "Of Mice and Men" to "Our Town: Three Piano Excerpts" (8 works)

  • W - Aaron Copland Collection - Collections

    "What Do We Plant?" to "The World of Nick Adams" (2 works)