By Marta Robertson
Aaron Copland (1900-1990) is mostly thought of the most well-liked and recognized composer of yankee paintings song, and but little scholarly cognizance has been paid to Copland because the Nineteen Fifties. This quantity starts with a portrait of the composer and an evaluate of vital examine developments that is meant to fill a void and to indicate instructions for extra study. The consultant additionally offers a bit discussing Copland's interdisciplinary pursuits, resembling ballet and movie paintings, in addition to a accomplished bibliography of writings approximately Copland and his tune.
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Copland both praises and questions Gunther Schuller’s combination of “progressive” jazz with classical music and John Cage’s compositional use of silence, chance, and the prepared piano. He concludes that the musical scene, while “lively,” is not unified. ” 26. ” Modern Music, 3 (MarchApril 1926): 13–20. ) Invoking the names of Franz Liszt, Erik Satie, Ferruccio Busoni, Arnold Schoenberg, and Alfredo Casella, who had championed young European composers, Copland laments the lack of such fig ures in the United States.
His goal was to “put down as clearly as possible the fundamentals of intelligent music listening” for the layperson and music student. Written from the perspective of a composer, rather than an educator, Copland explained: “The composer has something vital at stake. ” Chapters 16 and 17 were added for the 1957 edition. B are indicated below. CONTENTS What to Listen for in Music INTRODUCTION AUTHOR’S NOTE FOR THE 1957 EDITION PREFACE ACKNOWLEDGMENTS 1. Preliminaries 2. How We Listen See: “How We Listen” 3.
The second volume of Copland’s autobiography/biography continues the format of the first volume, beginning with Copland’s score for the film The North Star. Perlis took a more active role in narrating this second volume, which includes seven “Interlude” sections, alternating with nine chapters based on interviews with Copland. PRIMARY SOURCES—COPLAND’S WRITINGS 45 B. Articles and Essays 1. Copland as Sole Author 8. C. d. MS. 197/1, Aaron Copland Collection. Music Division, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.