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Aaron Copland:
What's in a Name

In 1942, Eugene Goossens, music director of the Cincinnati Symphony, invited two dozen or so composers to write fanfares honoring those serving in World War II. Hear some more of those fanfares, and take a guess why Aaron Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man is the only one that's still regularly performed.

Music heard in this episode:
Goosens: Fanfare for the Merchant Marine
Creston: Fanfare for Paratroopers
Hanson: Fanfare for the Signal Corps
Thomson: Fanfare for France
Cowell: Fanfare to Forces of Latin Allies
Taylor: Fanfare for Russia
Harris: Fanfare for the Forces
Gould: Fanfare for Freedom
Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man

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
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. Eugene Goosens was music director of which orchestra?

New York Philharmonic

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

Boston Symphony Orchestra

San Francisco Symphony

2.Goosens asked composers to write fanfares honoring

people who fought in World War II

soldiers from the Civil War

soldiers from the Revolutionary War

veterans of the Korean War

3. Copland's fanfare was named for

only soldiers

only marines

everyone who worked for victory in World War II

only civilians


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