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Aaron Copland

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Aaron Copland

Biography

Aaron Copland (14 November 1900, Brooklyn, N.Y. - 2 December 1990, Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.) was an American composer, often referred to as "the Dean of American composers."

He studied closely with the legendary pedagogue Nadia Boulanger, and his music achieved a balance between modern music and American folk styles, and the open, slowly changing harmonies of many of his works are said to evoke the vast American landscape. Copland incorporated percussive orchestration, changing meter, polyrhythms, polychords and tone rows.

In the 1970s, Copland virtually stopped composing, although he continued to conduct. In addition to composing and conducting, Copland wrote several books, including What to Listen for in Music (1939), Music and Imagination (1952), and Copland on Music (1960).

Copland was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in composition for Appalachian Spring. His scores for Of Mice and Men (1939), Our Town (1940), and The North Star (1943) all received Academy Award nominations, while The Heiress won Best Music in 1949.


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