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Aaron Copland

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Marissa Meister

on 13 January 2013

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Childhood (1900-1990) Aaron Copland When he was sixteen he started studying with Rubin Goldmark Copland was born in Brooklyn in 1900 to Russian-Jewish immigrant parents. As a child he didn't really know much about music He had four siblings. His older sister was the one who first taught him to play piano. Adult Life When he was twenty he continued his musical studies in France with Nadia Boulanger, a world-renowned teacher. There he sold his first composition to Durand and Sons, a well respected music publishing company. Accomplishments He Frequently wrote articles for Modern Music. He gave lectures at the New School for Social Research in New York He sometimes filled in at Harvard and also gave lectures Composed over a hundred different works through out his life Received a $5,000 prize for one of his compositions in the RCA Victor competition Organized the first Festival of Contemporary Music Co-founded the American Composers Alliance Elected a member in the Department of Music of the National Institute of Arts and Letters Elected a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) Received Music Critic's Circle Award won an Oscar for his score for the movie The Heiress received the MacDowell Colony Medal President of the Edward MacDowell Association Wrote, conducted, and hosted a series of twelve TV shows, Music in the 1920's Received the Medal of Freedom Published seven books, including a two-volume auto-biography Received the Kennedy Center Honors received the National Medal of Arts received the Congressional Gold Medal Late Life Copland never married, but he lived with a photographer, Victor Kraft, on and off for most of his life. He had no children. In 1990 he died of Alzheimer's disease. His ashes were scattered throughout the Tangle Wood Music Center in the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts Fanfare for the Common Man
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