Copland, Aaron

(1900–90)
   US composer and conductor. Copland, a prolific composer, based much of his work on contemporary American themes. He was instrumental in bringing the music of modern musicians to the attention of both American and world audiences. He achieved this through his lectures and writings, as well as through his influence upon the faculty of the music centre at Tanglewood. There he was head of the composing section from 1940 to 1965. Copland’s best known compositions on Jewish themes include a Lament (1919) for cello and piano which incorporated a traditional New Year melody, the Four Motets (1921) based on the Psalms, the trio Vitebsk (1929) subtitled Study on a Jewish Theme and a cantata based on the Creation story of Genesis entitled In the Beginning (1947). Despite these works Copland did not consider himself to be a religious Jew - he regarded observance as ‘more of a convention than a deep commitment’.
   His other compositions include the ballets Billy the Kid (1938), Rodeo (1942) and Appalachian Spring (1944), three symphonies and the opera The Tender Land. In 1944 he won the Pulitzer Prize and in 1964 the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In 1971 he was elected President of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

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  • COPLAND, AARON — (1900–1990), U.S. composer. Copland was born in Brooklyn, studied with Rubin goldmark in New York, and with Nadia Boulanger in Paris. Returning to the U.S. in 1924, he became active as a composer, teacher, and conductor. In his early years… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Copland, Aaron — born Nov. 14, 1900, Brooklyn, N.Y., U.S. died Dec. 2, 1990, North Tarrytown, N.Y. U.S. composer. Born to Russian Jewish immigrant parents, he studied composition in Paris with Nadia Boulanger. In his early works he experimented with jazz rhythms… …   Universalium

  • Copland, Aaron — (1900 1990)    The son of Russian Jewish immigrants, Copland was one of America’s greatest modern composers. His work combined the influences of Igor Stravinsky with that of jazz and American folk melodies. He wrote for radio, theater, and movies …   Historical Dictionary of the Roosevelt–Truman Era

  • Copland, Aaron — (14 nov. 1900, Brooklyn, N.Y., EE.UU.–2 dic. 1990, North Tarrytown, N.Y.). Compositor estadounidense. Nacido de padres rusojudíos inmigrantes, estudió composición en París con Nadia Boulanger. En sus primeras obras experimentó con ritmos del jazz …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Copland,Aaron — Cop·land (kōpʹlənd), Aaron. 1900 1990. American composer whose works include the ballets Rodeo (1942) and Appalachian Spring (1944), which won a Pulitzer Prize. * * * …   Universalium

  • Copland, Aaron — (1900 91)    American composer. He was born in Brooklyn. He served as head of the composition department of the Berkshire Music Centre in Tanglewood from 1940 to 1965. His compositions include symphonies, ballets, film scores, orchestral works… …   Dictionary of Jewish Biography

  • Aaron Copland — (  /ˌ …   Wikipedia

  • Aaron Copland — [ˈærən ˈkoʊplənd] (* 14. November 1900 in Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.; † 2. Dezember 1990 in North Tarrytown) war ein US amerikanischer Komponi …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Aaron Copland — tocando el piano Nacimiento …   Wikipedia Español

  • Copland (Begriffsklärung) — Copland bezeichnet ein Apple Betriebssystem, siehe Copland einen Film, siehe Cop Land und ist der Name von folgenden Personen Aaron Copland (1900−1990), US amerikanischer Komponist Marc Copland (* 1948), US amerikanischer Jazz Pianist, Keyboarder …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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