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					Aaron Copland

 The American Composer
Aaron Copland

WHERE: AMERICA
WHEN: 1900-2000
WHY: BALLETS AND
  MOVIE SCORES
STYLE: MODERN
Aaron Copland

 His sister was his first piano
  teacher. In less than one year,
  Copland had learned
  everything she could teach
  him.
 Following much pestering of
  his father, Copland was
  allowed to take formal
  lessons. He had to set up his
  own piano lessons when he
  was 13.
Aaron Copland

 After attending his
  first concert at age 15,
  Copland decided to
  become a composer.
 At 17 he went to
  France to study. He
  liked the “modern”
  sounds being created.
Aaron Copland

 When he returned to
  America, he wanted
  to use some of these
  new sounds and also
  wanted his music to
  sound “American.”
 He used American
  folk songs in his
  music.
Aaron Copland
 Wrote ballets
   – Rodeo
   – Billy the Kid
   – Appalachian
     Spring
 A ballet is a story told in
  dance and music.
 By using American
  cowboy tunes in his
  ballets, he taught the
  American people how to
  enjoy orchestral music.
Aaron Copland

 Here is a photography
  from “Appalachian
  Spring.”
 The song “Tis A Gift”
  is a Quaker melody
  that Copland used in
  his ballet.
Aaron Copland

 Western movies
  – “the Cowboy from
    Brooklyn”
     • Used American
       cowboy songs and
       old fiddle tunes.
Aaron Copland

 The Red Pony
   – This movie is about a 10
     year old boy named Jody,
     who received a red pony as
     a gift. Jody loved his pony
     and often dreamed about
     the things they could do
     together. In one of his
     dreams, Jody was a
     ringmaster at a circus,
     putting his pony through its
     act.
Aaron Copland

 Aaron Copland worked
  with many new
  composers in America,
  helping them learn how to
  write music.
 He became a famous
  conductor. He felt he had
  “run out of chords to
  write” and did not write
  much in his later life.
 He has influenced the
  emergence of American
  music more than anyone.

				
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