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Hoe-Down by Aaron Copland: The full performance

Watch the full performance of Copland's piece by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Rafael Payare.

Originally composed in 1942 for a ballet called Rodeo, the Hoe-Down features two American square dance tunes.The music is full of vigour and energy as the cowgirls and boys pair off. This is music about real people and their folk tunes and customs; it's full of open plains, a sense of adventure and the American pioneering spirit.

Warning: This video contains some flashing images.

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