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Aaron Copland

monday 30th april to friday 4th may, 12.00-1.00pm, on bbc radio 3
aaron copland (1900-1990) (presented by david macloed) (5 episodes, in the composer of the week series)

Aaron Copland is the composer who, more than any other, defined the sound of American classical music. Copland’s life spanned every decade of the 20th Century.

1. Donald throws the spotlight on Copland’s early years in New York where he was taught to play the piano by his elder sister Laurine, and his defining experiences and musical studies with Nadia Boulanger in Paris during the roaring 1920s.
2. Copland returns to his home town of New York, where he made his name during the early 1930s. It was there he established his own individual style and a truly American sound in music, as the US struggled through the depression.
3. Donald tells us about Copland’s work in Hollywood, the loss of his parents and his involvement in US propaganda during the Second World War.
4. Donald recounts the struggles that Copland endured through the 1950s as he found himself persecuted for alleged communist activities by Senator Joseph McCarthy.
5. Donald explores Copland’s more radical works of the 1960s, his increased interest in conducting which eventually led to a retirement from composition, and his final years which saw him showered with awards from around the world.”

(if you missed them, available at

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