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Aaron Copland:
Rodeo


Copland’s ballet Rodeo tells the story of a cowgirl who is in love with a cowboy, but just can’t get him to notice her. Once she finally does, she decides that she'd rather spend time with another cowboy who was nice to her all along.

Music heard in this episode:
Copland: “Buckaroo Holiday” from Rodeo
Copland: “Corral Nocturne” from Rodeo
Copland: “Saturday Night Waltz” from Rodeo
Copland: Bonyparte
Copland: “Hoedown” from Rodeo

Other shows about Aaron Copland:
About Aaron Copland
Copland's Cowboy Ballets
Agnes de Mille
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. Where does the ballet Rodeo take place?

A Campsite

A Horse Race

A Ranch

A Restaurant

A School


2.During Rodeo, what are the cowboys doing?

Herding cattle

Eating dinner

Sitting around the campfire

Having a party at the end of the week

Bronco busting


3. Coplands Hoe-Down used how many fiddle tunes?

3

4

1

0

2



 

Aaron Copland
"Hoe-Down" from Rodeo


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

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