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Brooklyn, New York, United States (1900 – 1990)

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.


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  • saltyknuckles

    Featured on SaltyKnuckles ~ Classics №XIV -

    12 Feb 2014 Reply
  • ballseven

    Really nice to see that classical music is so well represented on lists

    6 Jan 2014 Reply
  • rorberyllium

    Most talented member of The Police.

    24 Jul 2013 Reply
  • ihavesoldout

    I bet this guy was jewish.

    3 Sep 2012 Reply
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    29 Jun 2012 Reply
  • mattimeus

    sort of. "[Fanfare for the Common Man] was soon enshrined alongside Billy the Kid, Rodeo, and Lincoln Portrait in Copland’s gallery of “hits.” Decades later, the rock group Queen incorporated part of the main melody and the stamping rhythm of the Fanfare into its 1977 stadium anthem “We Will Rock You.”"

    27 Apr 2012 Reply
  • suicidalmarz

    @iWanna seriously?!

    24 Feb 2012 Reply
  • iWawa

    daaamn,that's the guy who wrote We Will Rock You,all hail Aaron Copland.

    28 Jan 2012 Reply
  • ulyssestone

    Aaron Copland: Complete Chronological Catalogue in one Spotify playlist from early songs(1918) to last piano piece(1982), plus the original version of the ballets & a conversation from Copland's 81st birthday concert, in which he talked about Appalachian Spring. Happy 111th birthday.

    14 Nov 2011 Reply
  • binkeinpapagei

    R.I.P. 20 years

    1 Dec 2010 Reply
  • ASTRAL70

    On November 13, 2010, I reached the 200,000 song plays level. I chose "Appalachian Spring" for my 200,000th !!!

    13 Nov 2010 Reply
  • veiledsongbird

    A Brilliant Man indeed!!

    9 Oct 2010 Reply
  • gearshifter

    @aaronws: I had to read that book for a music class in my first year of college. It deals with musical theory a bit, but it isn't too strenuous. If I remember correctly, the first few chapters just deal with rhythm, harmony, melody, and tone color, while the later ones talk about different forms, such as fugues and sonatas.

    6 Jul 2010 Reply
  • riffic

    BEEF, its whats for dinner!

    2 Jul 2010 Reply
  • insomniacme

    nobody needs or should even consider reader such a titled book.

    29 May 2010 Reply
  • aaronws

    anyone read his book "what to listen for in music"? is it good? i was flipping through it the other day at a local shop, and while it seemed interesting, i wasn't sure if it would be too technical/hard to read for someone not properly learned in reading or writing composition. but if anyone could write something like that while making it accessible, i guess it'd be this guy

    1 May 2010 Reply
  • reagan0

    For many years, far more than I'd care to say, Aaron Copland has been one of my all-time favorite classical artists. I can listen to his music for days and never get tired of hearing it.

    2 Apr 2010 Reply
  • reagan0

    @citruscorp: That never crossed my mind -- seriously. Then, again, my mind isn't wired that way.

    2 Apr 2010 Reply
  • citruscorp

    like there could literally not be another intended connotation for that phrase

    26 Mar 2010 Reply
  • citruscorp

    oh my god buckaroo holiday sounds like a gay pornography filme

    26 Mar 2010 Reply
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