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Aaron Copland:
Tiptoe Through the Fanfare


A look at exactly what's going on musically in Aaron Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man.

Music heard in this episode:
Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man

Other shows about Aaron Copland:
About Aaron Copland
Copland's Cowboy Ballets
Agnes de Mille
Rodeo
Classical Music in Commercials
What is a Fanfare
About Aaron Copland
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.

See other composers born in America

 

This Week's Quiz:

1. What instrument is NOT used in Fanfare for the Common Man?

Trumpet

Timpani

Violin


2.Which is the lowest sounding brass instrument?

Trumpet

Tuba

French Horn


3. Which percussion instrument can be tuned?

Snare drum

Cymbals

Timpani



 

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