Paul Bowles in the medina of Tangier, Morocco in An inveterate traveler, composer and writer, Paul Bowles was a truly remarkable figure whose life and work embodied and responded to major impulses of the twentieth century. His life would be of considerable interest even had he not produced numerous musical scores, four novels, more than sixty short stories, many travel pieces, an unrevealing autobiography and dozens of translations of stories by Moroccan storytellers.
New York, New York American composer Aaron Copland was one of the most important figures in American music during the second quarter of the twentieth century, both as a composer a writer of music and as a spokesman who was concerned about making Americans aware of the importance of music. He won the Pulitzer Prize for music in The family lived above a department store, which they owned.
One of Copland's sisters showed him how to play piano when he was eleven years old, and soon afterward he began taking lessons from a teacher in the neighborhood. At age fifteen he decided he wanted to be a composer. While attending Boys' High School he began to study music theory beginning in Copland continued his music lessons after graduating from high school, and in he went to France to study at the American Conservatory in Fontainebleau, where his main teacher was the French composer Nadia Boulanger — During his early studies, Copland had been attracted to the music of Scriabin —Debussy —and Ravel — Composing career After Copland completed his studies inhe returned to America and composed the Symphony for Organ and Orchestra, his first major work, which Boulanger played in New York City in Music for the Theater and a Piano Concerto explored the possibilities of combining jazz and symphony music.
Serge Koussevitzky —conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, became interested in what he heard from the young composer, and he helped gain a wider audience for Copland's—and much of America's—music.
In the late s Copland turned to an increasingly experimental style, featuring irregular rhythms and often jarring sounds. His works were entirely personal; there are no outside influences that can be identified in the Piano VariationsShort Symphonyand Statements.
The basic features of these works remained in one way or another central to his musical style in the following years. The s and s were a period of deep concern about the limited audience for new and especially American music, and Copland was active in many organizations devoted to performance and sponsorship.
His organizational abilities earned him the title of "American music's natural president" from his fellow composer Virgil Thomson — Promoter of "American" music Beginning in the mids throughCopland made a serious effort to widen the audience for American music and took steps to change his style when writing pieces requested for different occasions.
He composed music for theater, ballet, and films, as well as for concert situations. In his ballets— Billy the KidRodeoand Appalachian Spring ; Pulitzer Prize, —he made use of folk melodies and relaxed his previous style to arrive at a sound more broadly recognized as "American.
Copland's concern for establishing a tradition of music in American life increased when he became a teacher at The New School for Social Research at Harvard University, and as head of the composition department at the Berkshire Music Center in Tanglewood, Massachusetts, a school founded by Koussevitzky.
Beginning with the Quartet for Piano and StringsCopland made use of the methods developed by Austrian American composer Arnold Schoenberg, who developed a tonal system not based on any key. This confused many listeners. Copland's most important works of these years include the Piano FantasyNonet for StringsConnotationsand Inscape The Tender Land represents an extension of the style of ballet to the opera stage.
Later years Copland spent the final years of his life living primarily in the New York City area. He engaged in many cultural missions, especially to South America.
Although he had been out of the major spotlight for almost twenty years, he remained semiactive in the music world up until his death, conducting his last symphony in He was remembered as a man who encouraged young composers to find their own voice, no matter the style, just as he had done for sixty years.
Copland, Aaron, and Vivian Perlis. The Life and Work of an Uncommon Man. Cass Nov 29, 2: I was writing my report and I was so impressed with this information thanks sososososoososo muchhh lovee you guyss paige Jan 26, 5: It really helped write a program notes for my concert Comment about this article, ask questions, or add new information about this topic:An inveterate traveler, composer and writer, Paul Bowles was a truly remarkable figure whose life and work embodied and responded to major impulses of the twentieth century.
Aaron Copland (/ˌærən ˈkoʊplənd/; November 14, – December 2, ) was an American composer, composition teacher, writer, and later a conductor of his own and other American music. Copland was referred to by his peers and critics as "the Dean of American Composers.".
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