Composer of the Week: Aaron Copland

Discover more about the life and times of Aaron Copland

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BBC Radio 3
Monday, May 6, 2013 - 12:00

 

Aaron Copland (1900 – 1990) was born in New York and spent much of his life composing there. Donald Macleod looks at the impact of the city on his musical style and development, and charts the early stages of what was to become the recognisable Americana style.

New York undoubtedly offered limitless possibilities to the composer, and working in the era of Jazz extended the boundaries of his musical language.

In later episodes Macleod follows Copland to Paris to look at the works he produced there under the tutorage of Nadia Boulanger. And from there the journey goes through South America and then back west, where currents of nationalism and McCarthyism impacted his style.