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The Kaplans and the Roaring Twenties

Donald Macleod reviews Copland's early years in New York, where he was taught to play piano by his elder sister Laurine, and his defining experiences and musical studies in Paris.

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, and this week Donald Macleod explores the composer's life and music against the background of the events of that Century. Today, 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.

Rodeo: Hoe Down
Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
JoAnn Falletta (conductor)

Quiet City
New York Philharmonic
Leonard Bernstein (conductor)

Four Motets
Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Michael Tilson Thomas (cond)

Organ Symphony
Wayne Marshall (organ)
Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Andrew Litton (conductor)

Producer: Sam Phillips.

1 hour

Last on

Mon 30 Apr 2018 12:00

Music Played

  • Aaron Copland

    Rodeo: Hoe Down

    Narrator: Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: JoAnn Falletta.
    • Aaron Copland: Four Dances from Rodeo etc.
    • Naxos.
    • 4.
  • Aaron Copland

    Quiet City

    Orchestra: New York Philharmonic. Performer: Leonard Bernstein.
    • Copland: Symphony No. 3, Quiet City.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 5.
  • Aaron Copland

    Four Motets

    Choir: The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square. Conductor: Michael Tilson Thomas.
    • SONY G010001222386K.
    • SONY.
    • 1.
  • Aaron Copland

    Organ Symphony

    Performer: Wayne Marshall. Orchestra: Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Andrew Litton.
    • DELOS : DE-3221.
    • DELOS.
    • 13.

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