Happy Birthday Aaron Copland!

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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