Aaron Copland Biography

Aaron Copland was an American composer, composition teacher, writer, and later in his career a conductor of his own and other American music. Instrumental in forging a distinctly American style of composition, in his later years he was often referred to as "the Dean of American Composers" and is best known to the public for the works he wrote in the 1930s and 1940s in a deliberately accessible style often referred to as Populist and which the composer labeled his "vernacular" style. Works in this vein include the ballets Appalachian Spring, Billy the Kid and Rodeo, his Fanfare for the Common Man and Third Symphony. The open, slowly changing harmonies of many of his works are archetypical of what many people consider to be the sound of American music, evoking the vast American landscape and pioneer spirit. In addition to his ballets and orchestral works, he produced music in many other genres including chamber music, vocal works, opera and film scores.

After some initial studies with composer Rubin Goldmark, Copland traveled to Paris, where he studied at first with Isidor Philipp and Paul Vidal, then with noted pedagogue Nadia Boulanger. Source: Wikipedia

Biography Snapshot
Name:
Aaron Copland
Nationality:
United States of America
Profession:
Pianist, Composer, Conductor, Film Score Composer, Writer
Religion:
Judaism
Date of Birth:
November 14, 1900
Astrological Sign:
Scorpio
Date of Death:
December 2, 1990
Age at Death:
90
Cause of Death:
Alzheimer's disease, Respiratory failure
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