Collection Aaron Copland Collection

Copland Timeline 1900 to 1990

  • 1900-1920

    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.

  • 1921-1930

    1921 In June, Copland took the pivotal step in his development as a musician when he left to study in France at the newly established American Conservatory at Fontainebleau, near Paris. There he met Nadia Boulanger, who was to become his and many other American composers' world-renowned teacher. He began to study composition and orchestration with Boulanger in the fall of 1921 and remained ...

  • 1931-1944

    1932 Organized the first Festival of Contemporary Music at Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, New York, and the second the following year.

  • 1945-1960

    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.

  • 1961-1975

    1961 Copland received the MacDowell Colony Medal from the Edward MacDowell Association for distinguished service in the field of music.

  • 1976-1990

    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.