Aaron Copland (1900-1990) is one of the most famous American classical composers of the 20th century. He grew up and went to school in Brooklyn, New York. He later studied for four years in Paris under the famous composition teacher, Nadia Boulanger, as her first American student. (You may recall that George Gershwin was another of her students.) He returned to America in 1924 to create true American music—and he did! His style can be compared to some of the 20th century European composers who wrote nationalistic music.
Copland wrote many compositions for ballets. He also wrote a number of film scores, including Of Mice and Men (1939), Our Town (1940), and The Red Pony (1948).
Enjoy listening to some of Aaron Copland's music below.
“So long as the human spirit thrives on this planet, music in some living form will accompany and sustain it and give it expressive meaning.” –Aaron Copland