Copland was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1900 and died in New York
in 1990. His original last name was Kaplan.
was a composer, conductor and pianist. His distinguished teachers
included Rubin Goldmark (1917) and Nadia Boulanger (1921). As a
composer, Copland experimented with many influences including jazz
and Schoenberg’s techniques.
like El salon México (1936) and Billy the Kid (1938) show
Copland’s desire to make his scores more audience accessible.
Copland’s hard work and dedication to his field resulted in
many awards and honors, including the Congressional Medal of Honor
(1977) and Pulitzer Prize for Music (1944).
Amazing Copland Fact
you thought that Copland was busy enough as a composer,
and pianist, then try throwing author into the mix. He wrote several
books. Oh yes… he was also a frequent lecturer!