Aaron Copland: The Life and Work of an Uncommon Man

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University of Illinois Press, 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 690 pages
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One of America's most beloved and accomplished composers, Aaron Copland played a crucial role in the coming of age of American music. This substantial biography is the first full-length scholarly study of Copland's life and work.A conductor, music critic, and teacher who wrote clearly and accessibly about music, Copland composed some of the twentieth century's most familiar works - Billy the Kid, Rodeo, Appalachian Spring, Fanfare for the Common Man - in addition to a wealth of music for opera, ballet, chorus, orchestra, chamber ensemble, band, radio, and film. Howard Pollack's expansive and detailed biography examines Copland's musical development, his political sympathies, his personal life, and his tireless encouragement of younger composers, presenting a balanced and skillfully wrought portrait of an American original.

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Pollack (music history, Univ. of Houston), the author of books on three other American composers, prepared for this large biography by investigating archives and interviewing many people who knew ... Read full review

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Howard Pollack is John and Rebecca Moores Professor of Music at the University of Houston. Among his books are "Aaron Copland: The Life and Work of an Uncommon Man" and "John Alden Carpenter: A Chicago Composer.

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