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Aaron Copland

Biography

Populist composer credited with developing the American design of structure. He was referred to as the Dean of American Composers. He researched 1st with composer Rubin Goldmark, after that overseas with Isidor Philipp, Paul Vidal, and pedagogue Nadia Boulanger. His musical result was incredible, and he became known for his ballets, ‘Appalachian Springtime,’ ‘Billy a child,’ ‘Fanfare for the normal Guy,’ ‘Rodeo,’ and Third Symphony. He held his homosexual orientation personal, in addition to his human relationships with professional photographer Victor Kraft, designer Alvin Ross, pianist Paul Moor, dancer Erik Johns, and composer John Brodbin Kennedy. He trained himself how exactly to carry out and would sometimes consult his good friend Leonard Bernstein for assist in developing his technique and design.

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Full Name Aaron Copland
Date Of Birth November 14, 1900
Died December 2, 1990, Sleepy Hollow, New York, United States
Place Of Birth Brooklyn, NY
Profession Composer
Education Fontainebleau Schools
Nationality American
Parents Sarah Mittenthal Copland, Harris Morris Copland
Siblings Laurine Copland, Josephine Copland Bergman, Leon Copland, Ralph Copland
Awards Academy Award for Best Original Music Score, Pulitzer Prize for Music, Kennedy Center Honors, Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Classical Composition, Grammy Hall of Fame, Grammy Trustees Award, Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts, US & Canada
Nominations Academy Award for Best Original Musical, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement In Music
Movies The City, Of Mice and Men, Our Town, The North Star, The Red Pony, The Heiress, Something Wild, He Got Game, Appalachian Spring, 145 W. 21
Star Sign Scorpio

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#Fact
1Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume Two, 1986-1990, pages 198-202. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1999.
2HE was awarded the American National Medal of the Arts in 1986 by the National Endowment of the Arts in Washington D.C.
3Voiced support for the American Communist Party during his lifetime.
4Kennedy Center Honoree, 1979
5He joined ASCAP in 1946.
6Died of complications from strokes and respiratory problems.
7Composer.
8Copland's upcoming 100th birthday celebration marked by screening of first film he scored The City (1939) at NY's Museum of Modern Art, featuring tributes by film composers André Previn and David Raksin. [December 1999]


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
In Search of Perfect Consonance2016Documentary writer: "Appalachian Spring"
The SimpsonsTV Series 1 episode, 1991 writer - 1 episode, 2015 music - 1 episode, 2006
Baku 2015 European Games Opening Ceremony2015TV Movie writer: "Fanfare for the Common Man"
Doctors2013TV Series writer - 1 episode
(My) Immortal: The Web Series2013TV Series writer - 1 episode
At Middleton2013performer: "Fanfare For The Common Man" - uncredited / writer: "Fanfare For The Common Man" - uncredited
Play On!2013TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Bay2012/IIperformer: "Grover's Corner from 'Our Town'" / writer: "Grover's Corner from 'Our Town'"
Danville 2nd Ward Young Men2012TV Series writer - 1 episode
57th Annual Young Musicians Foundation Gala2012TV Special music: "Fanfare for the Common Man"
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2011TV Series writer - 1 episode
Hitchhiker Munchkins2009Short writer: "Rodeo - Hoe, Down"
The National Parks: America's Best Idea2009TV Mini-Series documentary writer - 2 episodes
Doctor Who at the Proms2009TV Movie writer: "Fanfare for the Common Man"
Asia: Fantasia - Live in Tokyo2007Video documentary writer: "Fanfare For The Common Man"
The Simpsons Movie2007music: "Rodeo" - uncredited
How Music Works2006TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
The Ultimate Gift2006arranger: "Simple Gifts"
Brothers in Arms2005TV Movie documentary writer: "Fanfare for the Common Man" - uncredited
The Regular Guy2003Short performer: "Fanfare For The Common Man" / writer: "Fanfare For The Common Man"
Path to War2002TV Movie writer: "Fanfare for the Common Man" - uncredited
One Angry Dwarf2001Short writer: "Fanfare for the Common Man"
Top Ten2001TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Ready to Rumble2000writer: "Fanfare For The Common Man"
Drop Dead Gorgeous1999performer: "Fanfare For The Common Man" / writer: "Fanfare For The Common Man"
The Faculty1998writer: "Our Town" - uncredited
He Got Game1998performer: "John Henry", "Appalachian Springs", "Hoe-Down", "Down a Country Lane", "Grandfather's Story", "Our Town", "New England Countryside", "Dream March and Circus Music", "Letter from Home", "Orchestral Variations", "Fanfare for the Common Man", "Pas de Trois", "Lincoln Portrait", "Billy the Kid" / writer: "John Henry", "Appalachian Springs", "Hoe-Down", "Down a Country Lane", "Grandfather's Story", "Interlude", "Our Town", "New England Countryside", "Dream March and Circus Music", "Letter
ECW Barely Legal1997Video writer: "Fanfare For The Common Man"
The Sunchaser1996writer: "Appalachian Spring"
It Takes Two1995writer: "Hoe Down"
Atlanta Symphony Golden Anniversary1995TV Movie documentary music: "A Lincoln Portrait"
Shout1991performer: "Appalachian Spring" / writer: "Appalachian Spring"
Hollywood Mavericks1990Documentary writer: "Billy the Kid"
Miles from Home1988performer: "Appalachian Spring", "The Promise of Living"
Emu's Wide World1987TV Series writer - 1 episode
Gold Through the Fire1987writer: "Fanfare for the Common Man"
The Adventures of Milo and Otis1986"Appalachian Spring"
Raging Bull1980music: "Of Mice and Men"
Great Railway Journeys of the World1980TV Series documentary music - 1 episode
The Chisholms1979-1980TV Mini-Series writer - 13 episodes
The Pink Ladies1980writer: "Fanfare for the Common Man" - uncredited
Top of the Pops1977TV Series writer - 5 episodes
Bernstein in London1976TV Movie documentary music: "A Lincoln Portrait"
Brother Can You Spare a Dime1975Documentary music: "Dogmatic Statements"
New York Philharmonic Young People's ConcertsTV Series music - 3 episodes, 1961 - 1970 writer - 1 episode, 1964 arranger - 1 episode, 1961
Rhythm1960TV Movie music: "El Salon Mexico"
Appalachian Spring1958TV Movie music: "Appalachian Spring" complete ballet, in its original chamber music orchestration
Omnibus1952-1953TV Series music - 2 episodes
Studio One in Hollywood1952TV Series music - 1 episode
Fiesta1947music: "Fantasia Mexicana"
The North Star1943music: "Song of the Fatherland", "Chari Vari Rastabari", "The Younger Generation", "No Village Like Mine", "Song of the Guerrillas" - uncredited

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Chisholms1979-1980TV Mini-Series themes - 12 episodes
The Tender Land1979TV Movie conductor
Something Wild1961conductor
Sangaree1953composer: stock music - uncredited
Woman in the Dark1952composer: stock music - uncredited
A Place in the Sun1951composer: stock music - uncredited
The Heiress1949conductor - uncredited

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Appalachian Spring2014Video as Aaron Copeland
Dudamel Conducts Copland2012Video
Crimen a fondo1981
Something Wild1961
New York Philharmonic Young People's Concerts1960TV Series 1 episode
Appalachian Spring1958TV Movie
The Seven Lively Arts1957TV Series 1 episode
Omnibus1952TV Series 1 episode
The Heiress1949
The Red Pony1949
The Cummington Story1945Short documentary
The North Star1943
Our Town1940
Of Mice and Men1939musical score by
The City1939/IDocumentary short

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Teachers and Teaching: An Autobiographical Essay by Leonard Bernstein1988TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Levin Interviews1983TV SeriesHimself
The 23rd Annual Grammy Awards1981TV SpecialHimself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts1979TV SpecialHimself - Honoree
C'è musica & musica1972TV Series documentaryHimself
New York Philharmonic Young People's Concerts1958-1964TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest Conductor
The World of Benny Goodman1963TV MovieHimself
Monitor1958TV Series documentaryHimself
The Subject Is Jazz1958TV SeriesHimself
Tanglewood Music School and Music Festival1949Documentary shortHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Paris: The Luminous Years2010TV Movie documentaryHimself - Composer
Live from Lincoln Center2006TV SeriesHimself
Fanfare for America: The Composer Aaron Copland2001TV Movie documentaryHimself
Carnegie Hall at 100: A Place of Dreams1991Video documentaryHimself
The Music of Man1987TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
The Twentieth Century1962TV Series documentaryHimself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1950OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy PictureThe Heiress (1949)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1967Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsIndividual Achievements in Music - CompositionCBS Playhouse (1967)
1944OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy PictureThe North Star (1943)
1941OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Music, ScoreOur Town (1940)
1941OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Music, Original ScoreOur Town (1940)
1940OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Music, ScoringOf Mice and Men (1939)
1940OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Music, Original ScoreOf Mice and Men (1939)


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