Born in Brooklyn to a pair of Russian immigrants, Aaron Copland became one of the most famous American composers of the 20th century. However, he actually studied in France with the famous teacher Nadia Boulanger before returning to the United States.
Vivian Perlis, who helped the composer write two autobiographies, joins host Naomi Lewin to discuss Copland's life and work, as well as how he incorporated folk music into his own compositions to create an iconic American sound.
Program Playlist (all works by Copland):
Three Moods for piano, "Jazzy"
The Tender Land
Symphony for organ and orchestra
“Hoedown” from Rodeo
El Salón México
The Red Pony
Fanfare for the Common Man