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Donald Macleod looks at the works Copland wrote as a student of Nadia Boulanger in Paris in the early 1920s.

Copland left New York in 1921 to study in Paris with Nadia Boulanger. He lived in the Montparnasse area of the city, among a large number of expatriate American writers, including Hemingway, and also travelled more widely in Europe, attending concerts and meeting composers. Donald Macleod explores Copland's experience of Paris, the outlook it gave him, and the pieces he worked on there.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Aaron Copland

    Alone

    Performer: Roberta Alexander (soprano), Performer: Roger Vignoles (piano)

    • Etcetera: KTC 1100.
    • 6.
  • Aaron Copland

    Passacaglia

    Performer: Charles Fierro (piano),

    • Delos: D/CD 1013.
    • 2.
  • Aaron Copland

    Grohg (extract Introduction)

    Performer: The Cleveland Orchestra, Performer: Oliver Knussen (cond)

    • Argo: 443 203-2.
    • 1.
  • Aaron Copland

    Dance of the adolescent for two pianos

    Performer: Marcelo Bratke (piano), Performer: Marcela Roggeri (piano)

    • Etcetera: KTC 1223.
    • 10.
  • Aaron Copland

    Symphony for Organ and Orchestra

    Performer: Wayne Marshall (organ) Performer: Dallas Symphony Performer: Andrew Litton (conductor)

    • DELOS: DE 3221.
  • Aaron Copland

    Alone

    Performer: Roberta Alexander (soprano), Performer: Roger Vignoles (piano)

    • Etcetera: KTC 1100.
    • 6.
  • Aaron Copland

    Passacaglia

    Performer: Charles Fierro (piano),

    • Delos: D/CD 1013.
    • 2.
  • Aaron Copland

    Grohg (extract Introduction)

    Performer: The Cleveland Orchestra, Performer: Oliver Knussen (cond)

    • Argo: 443 203-2.
    • 1.
  • Aaron Copland

    Dance of the adolescent for two pianos

    Performer: Marcelo Bratke (piano), Performer: Marcela Roggeri (piano)

    • Etcetera: KTC 1223.
    • 10.
  • Aaron Copland

    Symphony for Organ and Orchestra

    Performer: Wayne Marshall (organ) Performer: Dallas Symphony Performer: Andrew Litton (conductor)

    • DELOS: DE 3221.

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