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    Rights and Access - Aaron Copland Collection - Digital Collections The Library of Congress is providing access to The Aaron Copland Collection for educational and research purposes. The written permission of the copyright owners and/or holders of other rights (such as publicity and/or privacy rights) is required for distribution, reproduction, or other use of protected items beyond that allowed by fair use or other statutory exemptions. Note that there may be U.S. copyright protection...
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    A 75th Birthday Tribute - Aaron Copland Collection - Digital Collections The following articles were originally published in the Schwann record catalog in Schwann-1 Record and Tape Guide. November, 1975: To honor Aaron Copland on his seventy-fifth birthday the following pieces have been contributed for this issue by some of his closest friends. We are most grateful to them for their instant and enthusiastic cooperation in offering tribute and personal birthday greetings to Aaron Copland,...
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    A Wise and Trusted Friend - Aaron Copland Collection - Digital Collections Aaron Copland was the first American composer I met on arrival to Boston from Paris in the fall of 1929, and I recall Serge Koussevitzky's words of introduction:
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    Aaron and Moses - Aaron Copland Collection - Digital Collections I have known Aaron Copland for half of his lifetime, and loved him all those years. I have known his music for even longer than that, and have loved it with equal constancy. But critics and colleagues have been writing about the man-and-his-music for even longer, for half a century, in depth and out of it. And so, at this seventy-fifth milestone, I find...
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    Birthday Tribute - Aaron Copland Collection - Digital 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...
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    My Friend Aaron - Aaron Copland Collection - Digital 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
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    Tribute to Aaron Copland - Aaron Copland Collection - Digital Collections Does the celebration of an anniversary impose on us the burdensome weight of accumulated years, or is it every year a kind of rebirth? As times elapses, new aims, new means are found, unspoiled by evolution. Aaron Copland gives a vivid example of this duality. [detail] Aaron Copland, Nadia Boulanger, Walter Piston at the Old France restaurant, Boston, 1945. Music Division, Library of Congress....
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    1950's and 1960's: Opera and Stylistic Diversity - Aaron Copland Collection - Digital 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 (
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    Early Years and "An American Music" - Aaron Copland Collection - Digital 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...
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    Final Accomplishments - Aaron Copland Collection - Digital 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...
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    Modernism, Mexico and Beyond - Aaron Copland Collection - Digital 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...
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    Music for Dance and Film - Aaron Copland Collection - Digital 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...
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    The Achievements of an American Composer - Aaron Copland Collection - Digital Collections Aaron Copland under umbrella, University of Kansas, 1973, Music Division, Library of Congress. When people talk about the American aspects of Copland's music, they often emphasize the Western flavor of some of his works. This is perhaps understandable, for the three major ballets (Appalachian Spring, Rodeo, and Billy the Kid), his three most often performed works in the concert hall as well as on...
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    An Intimate Sketch - Aaron Copland Collection - Digital Collections On November 14, Aaron Copland will be seventy years old. November 14--it's a date seared into my mind. Two of the most important events of my life occurred on that day, the first in 1937, the second in 1943--and so I never forgot Aaron's birthday. Aaron Copland with Leonard Bernstein, ca. 1940, Music Division, Library of Congress. In the fall of 1937 I had...
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    1900-1920 - Aaron Copland Collection - Digital 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...
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    1921-1930 - Aaron Copland Collection - Digital Collections 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...
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    1931-1944 - Aaron Copland Collection - Digital 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...
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    1945-1960 - Aaron Copland Collection - Digital 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...
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    1961-1975 - Aaron Copland Collection - Digital 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...
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    1976-1990 - Aaron Copland Collection - Digital 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....