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Aaron Copland

Aaron Copland
Copland at the MacDowell Colony, 1935

"A place in America where the artist can really work is the simple idea behind the MacDowell Colony. That idea carried through magnificently has resulted in a unique contribution to the cultural life of America." Aaron Copland

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  Copland was born in New York City on November 14, 1900. He studied in New York City with the American composer Rubin Goldmark and in Paris with the influential French teacher Nadia Boulanger. Earlier works, Music for the Theater (1925) and the Piano Concerto (1927), experimented with jazz rhythms.

 His works include, Lincoln Portrait (1942), the ballets Billy the Kid (1938), Rodeo (1942), and Appalachian Spring (1944) for which he won a Pulitzer Prize in 1945, the Symphony for Organ and Orchestra (1925), the Symphonic Ode (1932), the Third Symphony (1946), and the Fanfare for the Common Man (1942). His music for films includes Of Mice and Men (1937), Our Town (1940), and The Heiress (1949; Academy Award, best dramatic film score). 

Copland died in North Tarrytown, New York, on December 2, 1990. 

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