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Category: Music - Classical
Reference No: 618
Status: Available
Price: £125.00
  Aaron Copland

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Great American composer, born in New York City.

Copland’s musical works ranged from ballet and orchestral music to choral music and movie scores. He learned to play piano from an older sister. By the time he was fifteen he had decided to become a composer. His first tentative steps included a correspondence course in writing harmony. In 1921 Copland travelled to Paris to attend the newly founded music school for Americans at Fontainebleau. He was the first American student of the brilliant teacher, Nadia Boulanger. After three years in Paris he returned to New York with his first major commission, writing an organ concerto for the American appearances of Madame Boulanger. His Symphony for Organ and Orchestra premiered in at Carnegie Hall in 1925.

Copland's growth as a composer mirrored important trends of his time. After his return from Paris he worked with jazz rhythms in his Piano Concerto (1926). His Piano Variations (1930) was strongly influenced by Igor Stravinsky's Neoclassicism. In 1936 he changed his orientation toward a simpler style. He felt this made his music more meaningful to the large music-loving audience being created by radio and the movies. His most important works during this period were based on American folklore including Billy the Kid (1938) and Rodeo (1942). Other works during this period were a series of movie scores including Of Mice and Men (1938) and The Heiress (1948). In his later years Copland's work reflected the serial techniques of the so-called 12-tone school of Arnold Schoenberg. Notable among these was Connotations (1962) commissioned for the opening of Lincoln Center.

After 1970 Copland stopped composing, though he continued to lecture and conduct through to the mid-1980s.
This is an original Boosey & Hawkes copy of the sheet music for the Hoe Down from his ballet music for Rodeo, arranged for violin and piano by the composer. Dimensions are approximately 12" x 9". Copland has added a fine inscription, signature and date (1958) in blue ink to the front cover. A little age toning and some small marks (which are visible on the scan) but general condition must be rated very good.