Classical Composer Aaron Copland and ASCAP

Dubbed the "Dean of American Composers," Aaron Copland (1900–1990) was a longstanding and enthusiastic member of ASCAP. Copland, along with other composers of classical music, share in the same benefits of ASCAP as do their popular music counterparts, including past presidents of ASCAP Morton Gould (1913–1996) and Deems Taylor (1885–1966). Shown here are examples of materials sent by ASCAP to writer members. Copland's payment was for performances of his music outside of the United States during the 1987–1988 reporting period, as shown on the document listing these performances.

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  • Photograph of Aaron Copland at the conducting podium, ca. 1980. Aaron Copland Collection, Music Division, Library of Congress (009.00.00)
    [Digital ID # as0009]

  • Check from ASCAP to Aaron Copland. Aaron Copland Collection, Music Division, Library of Congress (010.00.00)
    [Digital ID # as0010]

  • Writer Performance Record, 1987–1988. Aaron Copland Collection, Music Division, Library of Congress (011.00.00)
    [Digital ID # as0011]

Quincy Jones and ASCAP

Composer, arranger, conductor, instrumentalist and jazz trumpeter, record and television producer, magazine founder, record company executive, and humanitarian, Quincy Jones (b. 1933) shares his enthusiasm for what makes ASCAP so successful: "song writers and publishers who appreciate music and each other."

Photographic proof, ca. 1982. ASCAP Foundation Collection, Music Division, Library of Congress (026.00.00)
[Digital ID # as0026]

In the Pink—Music for a Particular Panther

By the sound of a spiky piano chord accompanied by the chime of a lone triangle in two brief measures of music followed by a tenor saxophone solo, Henry Mancini (1924–1994) conjures visions of Inspector Jacques Clouseau and the ubiquitous Pink Panther. To remember and celebrate Mancini only for the theme to The Pink Panther (1963), however, is to forget his other masterpieces for the silver screen: "Moon River" from Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961), "Days of Wine and Roses" (1962) from the film of the same name, "Baby Elephant Walk" from Hatari! (1962), along with his impressive repertoire for the concert hall.

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  • Studio portrait of Henry Mancini and the Pink Panther for the Cincinnati Pops recording of Mancini's Greatest Hits. Photograph, 1989. ASCAP Foundation Collection, Music Division, Library of Congress (023.00.00)
    [Digital ID # as0023]

  • Henry Mancini. Theme from The Pink Panther. Holograph full score, ca. 1963. ASCAP Foundation Collection, Music Division, Library of Congress (021.00.00)
    [Digital ID # as0021]

  • The Pink Panther: Music from the Film Score Composed and Conducted by Henry Mancini. Album cover. New York: RCA Victor, ca. 1964. ASCAP Foundation Collection, Music Division, Library of Congress (022.00.00)
    [Digital ID # as0022]

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