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Aaron Copland:
Agnes de Mille

Agnes de Mille loved to dance. She became hooked on ballet as a child, after seeing the famous ballerina Anna Pavlova perform. Agnes de Mille performed all over America and Europe, but she didn't hit it big until Rodeo -- the ballet that launched her career.

Music heard in this episode:
Bernstein: Ten Commandments
Saint-Saens: Swan
Copland: “Buckaroo Holiday” from Rodeo
Rodgers: Oklahoma!
Rodgers: Dream Ballet from Oklahoma!
Lowe: Brigadoon
Rodgers: Carousel Waltz from Carousel

Other shows about Aaron Copland:
About Aaron Copland
Copland's Cowboy Ballets
Classical Music in Commercials
What is a Fanfare
About Aaron Copland
Tiptoe Through the Fanfare
What's in a Name
Classical Music in Pop

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About Aaron Copland
11/14/1900 - 12/2/1990
Born in America

Aaron Copland is one of the most famous American composers of all time. Copland was born in Brooklyn, New York, and went to France as a teenager to study music with Nadia Boulanger, who helped Copland create his own style.

Copland wrote music with a very "American" sound. Some of his most famous pieces are his ballets -- Billy the Kid, Rodeo, and Appalachian Spring. Billy the Kid and Rodeo are about the Wild West. Copland also wrote music for movies -- Of Mice and Men and Our Town, among others.

One of Copland's best known compostions is Fanfare for the Common Man. Copland wrote it after the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra asked several composers to write fanfares during World War II. Copland's music has become a great part of American history.

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This Week's Quiz:

1. Agnes de Mille's family was well know in what profession?



Show Business



2.What was the first musical to use dance to tell the story?



South Pacific

Mary Poppins

Sound of Music

3. Which of the following does NOT describe Agnes de Mille?







Aaron Copland
"Hoe-Down" from Rodeo

Composed in 1942
Performed by Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra (Bratislava)
Stephen Gunzenhauser, conductor

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