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Retirement from composition

Donald Macleod explores Copland's last years and his retirement from composition to concentrate on a new endeavour - conducting.

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. In the final programme of the week, Donald explores Copland's more radical works of the 1960s, his increased interest in conducting which eventually led to a retirement from composition, and his final years which saw him showered with awards from around the world.

Music for a Great City: IV. Towards the Bridge
London Symphony Orchestra
Aaron Copland (conductor)

New York Philharmonic
Leonard Bernstein (conductor)

Piano Concerto
Earl Wild (piano)
The Symphony of the Air
Aaron Copland (conductor)

Three Latin-American Sketches: I. Estrobilio
New Philharmonia Orchestra
Aaron Copland (conductor)

At the River
Marilyn Horne (soprano)
English Chamber Orchestra
Carl Davis (conductor)

Producer: Sam Phillips.

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Fri 4 May 2018 12:00

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  • Aaron Copland

    Music For A Great City - IV. Towards the Bridge

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Aaron Copland.
    • SONY CLASSICAL : SM2K-47236.
    • 3.
  • Aaron Copland


    Orchestra: Juilliard Orchestra. Conductor: Sixten Ehrling.
    • New World.
    • New World.
    • 1.
  • Aaron Copland

    Concerto for piano and orchestra

    Performer: Earl Wild. Orchestra: Orchestra. Conductor: Aaron Copland.
    • Vanguard Classics : OVC 4029.
    • Vanguard Classics.
    • 2.
  • Aaron Copland

    Three Latin-American Sketches I. Estrobilio

    Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra.
    • SONY SM2K47236.
    • SONY.
    • 1.
  • Aaron Copland

    Old American Songs - set 2 no. 4. At the River

    Singer: Marilyn Horne. Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Carl Davis.
    • DECCA 4172422.
    • DECCA.
    • 4.


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