Wednesday, August 8, 2007
Aaron Copland (1900-1990)
Inspiration may be a form of superconsciousness, or perhaps of subconsciousness - I wouldn't know. But I am sure it is the antithesis of self- consciousness.
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Aaron Copland was born in Brooklyn, New York November 1900. Of Russian Jewish descent, he spent his childhood living above his parents' Brooklyn shop. His music education included time with Rubin Goldmark, also one of George Gershwin's teachers, and with Nadia Boulanger in Paris from 1921. His first significant work was the necromantic ballet Grohg which contributed thematic material to his later Dance Symphony. Other major works of his first (austere) period include the Short Symphony - 1933 and Music for Theater - 1925.
Copland's second period (vernacular) began around 1936 with Billy The Kid and El Salon Mexico. Perhaps Copland's most famous work, Fanfare for the Common Man for brass and percussion was written in 1942 at the request of the conductor Eugene Goosens. The fanfare was also used as one of the main themes in the third movement of Copland's Third Symphony. Aaron Copland died in 1990 at his home in Peekshill, New York. [This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License and uses material adapted in whole or in part from the Wikipedia article on Aaron Copland.]