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Aaron Copland

Aaron Copland

Aaron Copland


Aaron Copland (November 11, 1900 in Brooklyn, New York, United States – December 2,1990) was an American composer of concert and film music. Instrumental in forging a uniquely American style of composition, he was widely known as "the dean of American composers." Copland's music achieved a difficult balance between modern music and American folk styles, and the open, slowly changing harmonies of many of his works are said to evoke the vast American landscape. Read more on Last.fm
Aaron Copland (November 11, 1900 in Brooklyn, New York, United States – December 2,1990) was an American composer of concert and film music. Instrumental in forging a uniquely American style of composition, he was widely known as "the dean of American composers." Copland's music achieved a difficult balance between modern music and American folk styles, and the open, slowly changing harmonies of many of his works are said to evoke the vast American landscape. He incorporated percussive orchestration, changing meter, polyrhythms, polychords and tone rows. Outside of composing, Copland often served as a teacher and lecturer.

During his career he also wrote books and articles, and served as a conductor, most frequently for his own works. It should be noted that he was one of the first openly gay composers in history, in a time when this was not accepted in society. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..

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PREVIOUSLY UNHEARD MUSIC BY AARON COPLAND AVAILABLE FOR THE FIRST TIME

PREVIOUSLY UNHEARD MUSIC BY AARON COPLAND AVAILABLE FOR THE FIRST TIME

The Copland Estate and Boosey & Hawkes (Copland’s Publisher) have recognized the unique value and authentic nature of a new concert version of Aaron Copland’s Quiet City, and will be adding it to their catalogue in spring 2010.

In 1939 Aaron Copland composed incidental music for a play by Irwin Shaw called The Quiet City. The play was cancelled after two tryout perfor******ces. Although the original ******uscript has never been published, it yielded material for two works. First was the well-known concert version of Quiet City (1940) for trumpet, English horn, and string orchestra; second was the Academy Award nominated film score to Our Town (1940). Both works utilized only a portion of the original music.

Coinciding with the seventieth anniversary of Copland’s orchestral version of Quiet City, there is a new concert version by Christopher Brellochs that includes all the musical material from the unpublished ******uscript and preserves the original chamber ensemble of trumpet, alto saxophone, Bb clarinet (doubling with bass clarinet), and piano. This is not an arrangement but a new adaptation including previously unheard, original music.

website: www.christopherbrellochs.com
by Christopher Brellochs 2010-04-05 00:07:12
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