Copland Essays

  • Copland

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    Copland Copland wrote a ballet about one of the most famous "western gangsters" in history: Billy the Kid. The work was written in 1938 and remained popular for over a decade. Unfortunately, his works are no longer heard or performed often enough today. In my opinion, Copland is one of the greatest American performers in music history, but he is not given the recognition he deserves by today's society. By looking at Copland's works and analyzing his "Billy the Kid," the necessary proof of

  • Copland: 1900 through 1942 and Copland: Since 1943

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    Copland: 1900 through 1942 and Copland: Since 1943 In their books: Copland: 1900 through 1942 and Copland: Since 1943, Aaron Copland and Vivian Perlis give a detailed account of the life of one of America’s most influential composers. The books are arranged similarly to the Shostakovich biography that our class reviewed earlier this semester. That is, through personal accounts by Copland himself along with accounts of Copland’s friends and acquaintances, the authors manage to paint an accurate

  • Biography of Aaron Copland

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    Aaron Copland was born November 14th 1900 in Brooklyn, New York. He is the youngest of five children to Sarah Mittenthal, his mother and Harris Copland, his father. He had two brothers, Ralph and Leon and two sisters Laurine and Josephine. As early as the age of nine, he began making up songs on the piano and two years later, his older sister Laurine began giving him piano lessons. In 1914, Copland began studying with his first professional piano teacher, Ludwig Wolfsohn in Brooklyn, New York

  • Aaron Copland

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    Aaron Copland was the leading pioneer in American music. He was one of the most respected and admired composers of the twentieth century. American composers were viewed as being a spin-off of it’s European counterpart. Aaron Copland was a tremendous influence to help American composers break free from the ‘European’ style of music. Twentieth century Americanism was reflected in the music created by Aaron Copland; consequently, he is perceived as America’s most important composer (sonyclassical

  • The Musical World of Aaron Copland

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    Aaron Copland was born on November 14th, 1900 in Brooklyn, New York, United States (3). His parents, Harris Morris Copland and Sarah Mittenthal Copland, were Jewish immigrants from Russia (6). Copland had four older siblings who grew up together. When he was eleven years old, one of his sisters, Laurine, taught him how to play a piano (3). Laurine also influenced to his musical world by introducing him to ragtime and opera (6). From 1913 to 1917, he took his first formal piano lessons from Leopold

  • How Did Aaron Copland Influence The American Voice

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    Upon returning to the United States in 1924, Copland was determined to compose music with the American voice. That is precisely what he did, showing his ability to rise to an occasion this challenging. His music influences through this period were such as Scriabin, Debussy, Ravel, and most of all Igor Stravinsky (“Encyclopedia of World Biography” 1). The similarities in his work to theirs is present but he still uses his own voice on his many popular works. Just like his very creative and original

  • Sound and Image in Motion Pictures

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    audio-visual mediums and so of course engage both our visual and aural senses. The meaning and emotion of a piece is commonly thought to come from the image and that the sound at best just duplicates the meanings from the image. For example Aaron Copland has said that a composer can do no more than" make potent through music the film's dramatic and emotional value." ( Sound does however perform much more important, intricate

  • A Great Composer

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    composer in American history for writing so many unforgettable works: Aaron Copland. He lived a life inspired by many things as well as inspiring people all across the nation, and it really led to the opposite of being drawn into himself, as he described in the quote above. He was born in Brooklyn, New York on November 14 in 1900. He was the youngest of five children to Sarah and Harris Copland. A musical spark came out in Copland already at the age of 11 as he began piano lessons with his sister. His

  • Film Analysis Of Copland

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    Copland is a movie that is full of action. This movie is a dramatic action movie made in the nineties, which takes place in a little town called Garrison, NJ; this town is home for a lot of NYPD officers. The sheriff of this town is Freddy Heflin played by Sylvester Stallone, who is hard at hearing in one ear due to saving Liz Randone whom he is madly in love with. Because of his hearing issue he cannot become an NYPD officer. One night an off duty NYPD cop “Superboy” played by Michael Rapaport was

  • Music and Dance: The Rodeo Suite

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    movement. The ballet Rodeo, choreographed by Agnes de Mille and composed by Aaron Copland in 1942, combines these two channels to emphasize this ballet as an American genre about cowboys and cowgirls in the west. At the insistence of de Mille, characterization and emotion portrayal in both the choreography and the music was necessary (Pollack 369). Before Copland began composing Rodeo, de Mille outlined the dance for Copland in detail. She let him know how many measures she wanted for specific dance scenes

  • The 20th century's 3 greatest composers

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    initiated revolutions so grandiose that the impact—like an earthquake’s aftershocks—would reverberate for decades and influence scores of musicians to come. Such influences can be traced back to three specific composers. Igor Stravinsky, Aaron Copland, and Nadia Boulanger: the triumvirate of 20th century music. Igor Stravinsky, remains the century’s most shocking and versatile composer. Born in Russia in 1882, Stravinsky enjoyed a musically wealthy childhood. He was the son of a famous opera

  • What Are The Similarities Between Copland And Gershwin

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    Aaron Copland and George Gershwin held multiple similarities throughout their pre-composing lives. The two were born around the same time, Gershwin being born September 26th of 1898 and Copland November 14th of 1900 both in Brooklyn New York. Both of the composers came from Russian Jewish immigrant families, and both developed into musical prodigies through piano teachers from the neighborhood which they both rapidly outgrew. It wasn’t until both men began their musical careers that stark differences

  • Aaron Copland American Sound Analysis

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    century’s worth of compositions has earned Aaron Copland extensive recognition as the foremost American composer of his time. Ironically, Copland was raised the son of Russian Jewish immigrants and inhabitant of a colorless city environment, yet would become known for producing the music of “rugged-souled Americans” (Mellers 4). Unbounded by historical musical constraints such as those present in the culture of France, where Copland studied for many years, Copland found himself free to explore and experiment

  • Gabriel Faure Essay

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    Gabriel Faure was a French Romantic Composer, pianist, teacher and an organist. He was a very influential composer and his style of composition influenced many of the 20th century composers. He was one of the most prominent French composers of his era. Faure was known as one of the French master of the art song. He was awarded a scholarship to École de Musique Classique et Religieuse. His tutors respectively included; Clément Loret, Louis Dietsch, Xavier Wackenthaler, Saint-Saëns and Niedermeyer

  • Poetry Analysis of Emily Dickinson

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    Analysis of Emily Dickinson's "The snake", "In the Garden", and "It bloomed and dropt, a Single Noon—." Emily Dickinson uses nature in almost all of her poetry. She uses many literary techniques in her poems to show her interpretations of nature and the world around her. In the poem "The snake" she uses imagery in the forms sight and touch. The poem describes the snake as transient or passing swiftly and deceptive or misleading. His appearance is sudden. As the snake moves it divides the grass

  • Conflict within Belonging in Dickinson´s This is My Letter to the World and The Saddest Noise, The Sweetest Noise

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    A sense of belonging is an innate desire to identify ourselves with groups whilst simultaneously as this is broken by choice we ultimately must ‘belong.’ Through Dickinson’s poetic representations in This is My Letter to the World and The Saddest Noise, The Sweetest Noise, she expresses the conflict within belonging by juxtaposing the futility of acceptance whilst forming her individual identity. In contrast, modern illustrations of belonging are adopting in Luhrmann’s exotic film, Australia, and

  • Emily Dickinson Figurative Language

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    Emily Dickinson is a self-described "Nobody". Although she wrote thousands of poems, most of them were not published during her lifetime. Born in the 19th century, she was extremely well educated for a woman of her time, and she attended school from primary school up to her first year of college, when she ultimately left for unknown reasons. This allowed her to explore her love of the sciences and nature, especially botany. Despite having many friends, whom she kept in touch with through letters

  • Analysis Of The Concerto Written For Benny Goodman By Aaron Copland

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    The concerto written for Benny Goodman by Aaron Copland has been a piece a popular piece of music. This concerto is a large work for clarinet and the orchestra, or piano. It is very free and expressive. Many jazz elements can be found throughout the piece. Although Aaron Copland’s work, titled Concerto, is given the form concerto by its name, he followed in the path of many twentieth century composers and used the name of a classical form but changed many basic elements of it. The classical example

  • The Importance Of Listening To Music

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    is the more intrigue you might be with learning on the topic. Aaron Copland said, “ one is always being told, as unarguable proof of musical person, that he or she can go to a show and then come home and play all the tunes on the piano” (Copland) . Aaron Copland also said, “That fact alone bespeaks a certain musicality in the person question but does not indicate the kind of sensitivity to music under examination here” (Copland). I am pretty sure that reading about a musical prodigy has

  • How We Listen

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    his essay “How We Listen,” Aaron Copland classifies and divides the listening process into three parts: “the sensuous place, the expressive plane, and the sheerly musical plane” (1074). I believe by this mechanical separation, Copland succeeds in discussing difficult topic, so natural that most people tend to by pass it. He uses analogy and sometimes stresses on certain situation where these planes are abused or become a cause of a problem. The main purpose for Copland to separate the listening process