Aaron Copland: The Life and Work of an Uncommon Man
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 his 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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Aaron Copland: the life and work of an uncommon manUser Review - Book Verdict
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 Aaron Copland (1900-90). Many of them also contributed to Copland and Vivian Perlis's two volumes (Copland 1900-1942, LJ 7/84; Copland Since 1943, LJ 12/1/89), but time and distance bring new perspectives and emphases. Pollack discusses Copland's intimate relationships in one "Personal Affairs" chapter but spends most of the book on musical commentary, allowing his ideas about Copland's identity as an American, a Jew, and a homosexual to emerge where appropriate. With no musical examples and plenty of quotations from observers, Pollack's discussion requires no sophisticated musical knowledge. A solid study, if somewhat pedestrian in style; recommended for large public libraries and all academic music collections.--Bonnie Jo Dopp, Univ. of Maryland Lib., College Park
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Recommended. Serious work about an extraordinary American artist.