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Aaron Copland

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Also Known As: Died: December 2, 1990
Born: November 14, 1900 Cause of Death: respiratory failure brought on by pneumonia and two strokes
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, USA Profession: Music ...


"Aaron Copland gave American music its identity. While previous US composers sounded like their European elders, Copland broke free and created a sound of his own full of rambunctious rhythms, rugged folk-influenced melodies and widely-spaced harmonies that suggested a land of endless expanse and limitless possibilities." --David Patrick Stearns (USA TODAY, December 3, 1990).

"Most of 'Appalachian Spring' and a good part of my Violin Sonata were composed at night at the Samuel Goldwyn studios in Hollywood. An air of mystery hovers over a film studio after dark. Its silent and empty streets give off something of the atmosphere of a walled medieval town. This seclusion provided the required calm for evoking the peaceful, open countryside of rural Pennsylvania depicted in 'Appalachian Spring.' --Aaron Copland (quoted in NEW YORK TIMES obituary December 3, 1990)

Served as President of the American Composers Alliance in 1937-45.

He was awarded the Guggenheim Foundation's first music fellowship.

He has won the New York Music Critics Circle Award for "Appalachian Spring" (1945)

Received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Lyndon Johnson in 1964.

He was awarded the Henry Howland Memorial Prize by Yale University in 1970.

Awarded the Gold Baton from the American Symphony Orchestra Leage (1978).

Received the Kennedy Center Award for "a lifetime of significant contribution to American culture in the performing arts" (1979).

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