Aaron Copland – An American Icon

Aaron Copland was one of the most respected American classical composers of the twentieth century. By incorporating popular forms of American music such as jazz and folk into his compositions, he created pieces both exceptional and innovative. As a spokesman for the advancement of indigenous American music, Copland made great strides in liberating it from European influence. Today, ten years after his death, Copland’s life and work continue to inspire many of America’s young composers.

Copland was born in Brooklyn, New York, on November 14, 1900. The child of Jewish immigrants from Lithuania, he first learned to play the piano from his older sister. At the age of sixteen he went to Manhattan to study with Rubin Goldmark, a respected private music instructor who taught Copland the fundamentals of counterpoint and composition. During these…(follow link to read more: http://www.pbs.org/wnet/americanmasters/episodes/aaron-copland/about-the-composer/475/)

Also, check out this link to one of the most notable compositions from Aaron Copland, “Fanfare for the Common Man”: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5158688

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