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World War II

Donald Macleod examines Copland's work in Hollywood and involvement in US propaganda during the Second World War.

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 tells us about Copland's work in Hollywood, the loss of his parents and his involvement in US propaganda during the Second World War.

Fanfare for the Common Man
Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Zubin Mehta (conductor)

Music for Movies
Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra
Leonard Slatkin (conductor)

Letter from Home
London Symphony Orchestra
Aaron Copland (conductor)

Appalachian Spring
Aurora Orchestra
Nicholas Collon (conductor)

Producer: Sam Phillips.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Aaron Copland

    Fanfare For The Common Man

    Orchestra: Los Angeles Philharmonic. Conductor: Zubin Mehta.
    • DECCA : 448-261-2.
    • DECCA.
    • 1.
  • Aaron Copland

    Music For Movies

    Orchestra: Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Leonard Slatkin.
    • RCA : 09026-616992.
    • RCA.
    • 10.
  • Aaron Copland

    Letter From Home

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Aaron Copland.
    • SONY SM3K46559.
    • SONY.
    • 1.
  • Aaron Copland

    Appalachian Spring - (Original Chamber Version)

    Orchestra: Aurora Orchestra. Conductor: Nicholas Collon.
    • WARNER : 0825646327911.
    • Warner.
    • 8.

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