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Aaron Copland:
About Aaron Copland

Aaron Copland was a 20th century American composer from Brooklyn, New York. Copland is known for writing very American music, but he actually studied in France. His teacher, Nadia Boulanger, helped Copland find his way to an American sound in classical music.

Music heard in this episode:
Copland: Appalachian Spring
Copland: Three Moods: Jazzy
Copland: Appalachian Spring
Copland: Tender Land
Copland: Organ Symphony
Copland: “Hoedown” from Rodeo
Copland: El Salon Mexico
Copland: Red Pony
Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man

Other shows 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.

See other composers born in America


This Week's Quiz:

1. Where was Aaron Copland born?


New York




2.Aaron Copland wrote music for movies.



3. Who was the first composer to be given a Kennedy Center Award?

Leonard Bernstein

George Gershwin

Aaron Copland

Charles Ives

John Philip Sousa


Aaron Copland
"Hoe-Down" from Rodeo

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

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