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Aaron Copland is one of my all time favorite composers for several reasons but the principle reason is that he, of all the 20th century composers, seems to me to have done the one thing that is most important: write a tonal, warm, lovely, and emotional music which is fresh. Here’s one of my favorite pieces of his, it’s under two minutes long - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aaPb1ZTh5CQ

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Hi Gav,

Lovely piece you posted there.

Do you know his Clarinet concerto, if not I'd recommend it. I love his 3rd symphony too.

He was also a great educator and author and from what I've seen of him, a gentleman.

Heres a Google search which includes Coplands works, many well known and very accessible--Appalachian Spring, Rodeo, Fanfare for the Common Man, etc.:


https://www.google.com/search?q=Youtube+Aaron+COpland&ie=utf-8&...

However theres another very important side to Mr. Copland--who I was very luck to have met and had a very nice conversation with--and thats his very dissonant side, exemplified by the following three solo piano works, and one Orchestral. Theres more of his dissonant works available also.

Piano Variations
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1-vIw_M-Qg

Piano Sonata
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKmU-LOwsbs

Piano Fantasy
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xmqK8dClrg

Inscape
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3PDMKV2pdxk

He truly was a gentleman, and a GREAT composer, who deeply cared about his audience and furthering contemporary music.

Thanks Bob https://soundcloud.com/bob-morabito

Thanks Mike, I'll have to look for that one, not familiar with it!

Gav

Mike Hewer said:

Hi Gav,

Lovely piece you posted there.

Do you know his Clarinet concerto, if not I'd recommend it. I love his 3rd symphony too.

He was also a great educator and author and from what I've seen of him, a gentleman.

Well, Bob, you simply must tell this story!

Bob Morabito said:


However theres another very important side to Mr. Copland--who I was very luck to have met and had a very nice conversation with--


Hi Gav--On Nov 5 1977 there was a concert at Carnegie Recital Hall where Leo Smit, a pianist and composer in his own right, played a birthday Concert of Coplands piano music--his actual birthday was Nov. 14, and he was 77. He met members of the audience after the concert and was most gracious. We talked and he signed my program.

Please see attachment.

(I was a HUGE fan of his music at the time, and felt like I had just met Mickey Mantle..:)

Thanks Bob https://soundcloud.com/bob-morabito

Gav Brown said:

Well, Bob, you simply must tell this story!

Bob Morabito said:


However theres another very important side to Mr. Copland--who I was very luck to have met and had a very nice conversation with--

nice one Bob...

Thanks for posting those links. I know the variations, but not the rest so I'll give 'em a go. Talking about his less popular music, do you know Connotations?

Thanks Mike, and youre welcome:)

Yes I know Connotations, but it never really clicked with me. I just tried listening to a little bit of it again, and  Coplands very strange (IMHO) quotation of his Orchestral Variations (which are the Piano Variations orchestrated right around the minute mark really doesnt work for me, and after that the piece has really lost me.

Connotations

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CkQ_C40hCSQ

Orchestral Variations

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=909YQKEf4Rs

What is your opinion of it Mike?

Thanks Bob https://soundcloud.com/bob-morabito

It never really got hold of me neither,  It seems to divide opinion, a bit like Schoenberg's  expressionism.
Bob Morabito said:

Thanks Mike, and youre welcome:)

Yes I know Connotations, but it never really clicked with me. I just tried listening to a little bit of it again, and  Coplands very strange (IMHO) quotation of his Orchestral Variations (which are the Piano Variations orchestrated right around the minute mark really doesnt work for me, and after that the piece has really lost me.

Connotations

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CkQ_C40hCSQ

Orchestral Variations

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=909YQKEf4Rs

What is your opinion of it Mike?

Thanks Bob https://soundcloud.com/bob-morabito

Thanks for the story Bob! Did you ask for or did he offer any tips?

Bob Morabito said:

Hi Gav--On Nov 5 1977 there was a concert at Carnegie Recital Hall where Leo Smit, a pianist and composer in his own right, played a birthday Concert of Coplands piano music--his actual birthday was Nov. 14, and he was 77. He met members of the audience after the concert and was most gracious. We talked and he signed my program.

Please see attachment.

(I was a HUGE fan of his music at the time, and felt like I had just met Mickey Mantle..:)

Thanks Bob https://soundcloud.com/bob-morabito

Gav Brown said:

Well, Bob, you simply must tell this story!

Bob Morabito said:


However theres another very important side to Mr. Copland--who I was very luck to have met and had a very nice conversation with--

Hi Mike,

Just listened to the Clarinet piece you referenced. Quite enjoyable, thanks!

Mike Hewer said:

Hi Gav,

Lovely piece you posted there.

Do you know his Clarinet concerto, if not I'd recommend it. I love his 3rd symphony too.

He was also a great educator and author and from what I've seen of him, a gentleman.

You're welcome Gav--and no we didnt but i wish we had:)

He was very concerned with each of us, our lives, what we were doing, and not just musically. He really was a true caring gentleman:)

Thanks Bob https://soundcloud.com/bob-morabito

Gav Brown said:

Thanks for the story Bob! Did you ask for or did he offer any tips?

Hi Gav, this is the first I'd heard of a Nocturne by Copland.  Loved it.

He found a unique voice in American music which I think, will stand for

centuries.

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