Happy Birthday Aaron Copland!

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by Gabrielle Riel on Sunday, 14 November, 2010

American composer Aaron Copland was born on this date in the year 1900.  In honor of his 110th Birthday, today’s program on Radio Riel’s Main stream is all Modern American Classical music, with a heavy emphasis on Copland’s works as well as pieces by Leonard Bernstein, Samuel Barber, Leroy Anderson and more.

Note: Gabrielle is a rabid Copland Fangirl and once had a music professor tell her that he would not be surprised that she would marry Aaron Copland if it were possible.  Copland was actually alive when the professor made this statement, however the 70 year age different might have been a challenge.  🙂

Here is a description of Aaron Copland taken directly from the font of all knowledge, 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.

Radio Riel produces this program in conjunction with the Alexandrian Free Library Consortium of Second Life. You can listen to the program now at http://main.radioriel.org. Today’s music originates from the music library of Gabrielle Riel.

For more information on the Alexandrian Free Library, current exhibits and the work of Consortium members in general, please visit the Alexandrian Free Library website, or one of their branches in-world.


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