From the Library…Aaron Copland

I (Gabrielle Riel) have nev­er been qui­et about the fact that my favorite com­pos­er of all time is the 20th Cen­tu­ry, Amer­i­can com­pos­er Aaron Cop­land. So today’s pro­gram is all Cop­land music! If you are not famil­iar with Mr. Cop­land, I will ref­er­ence this direct cita­tion from Wikipedia:

Aaron Cop­land (Novem­ber 14, 1900 – Decem­ber 2, 1990) was an Amer­i­can com­pos­er of con­cert and film music, as well as an accom­plished pianist. Instru­men­tal in forg­ing a dis­tinct­ly Amer­i­can style of com­po­si­tion, he was wide­ly known as “the dean of Amer­i­can com­posers.” Cop­land’s music achieved a bal­ance between mod­ern music and Amer­i­can folk styles. The open, slow­ly chang­ing har­monies of many of his works are said to evoke the vast Amer­i­can land­scape. He also incor­po­rat­ed per­cus­sive orches­tra­tion, chang­ing meter, polyrhythms, poly­chords and tone rows in a broad range of works for con­cert hall, the­ater, bal­let, and films. Aside from com­pos­ing, Cop­land was a teacher, lec­tur­er, crit­ic, writer, and con­duc­tor (gen­er­al­ly, but not always) of his own works.” (tak­en direct­ly from Wikipedia)

Radio Riel pro­duces this pro­gram in con­junc­tion with the Cale­don Library in Sec­ond Life. Today’s music orig­i­nates from the music library of Gabrielle Riel.

For more infor­ma­tion on the Cale­don Library, cur­rent exhibits and the work of Sec­ond Life ref­er­ence libraries in gen­er­al, please vis­it the Cale­don Library Web site, or one of their loca­tions in-world.

You can lis­ten to the pro­gram now by click­ing here, or sim­ply vis­it any Cale­don Library branch in-world and press Play on your embed­ded music play­er.

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