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Concerts

The elegant conductor Michael Tilson Thomas leading the San Francisco Symphony in a live performance from Carnegie Hall on November 13, 2013.

November 13, 2013 Conductor Michael Tilson Thomas mixes Mozart (with pianist Jeremy Denk) and bold American works.

Abraham Lincoln inspired a groundbreaking mix of patriotic texts and music in Lincoln Portrait.

February 12, 2009 The U.S. Marine Band plays Aaron Copland's groundbreaking Lincoln Portrait in concert.

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September 29, 2008 The late actor narrates Copland's Lincoln Portrait with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.

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December 14, 2006 A varied history of American choral music from colonial anthems to the music of Leonard Bernstein.

January 16, 2006 Music from the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the Spelman and Morehouse glee clubs.

November 30, 2005 Jacobsen joins pianist Marija Stroke in works by Czech and American composers.

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August 9, 2005 The St. Louis Symphony celebrates U.S. music, with pieces by Aaron Copland and John Adams.

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June 28, 2005 Aaron Copland's ballets, such as Appalachian Spring, have long overshadowed earlier works.

Studio Sessions

Abraham Lincoln's words were set to music by Aaron Copland in 1942, not long after the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

July 2, 2012 Hear a performance of Aaron Copland's Lincoln Portrait with Broadway star Brian Stokes Mitchell.

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September 17, 2008 Aspiring operatic teens perform Copland, Mozart and Humperdinck at the home of Houston Grand Opera.

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Interviews & Profiles

Brian Stokes Mitchell records A Lincoln Portrait at NPR's Studio 4A in April.

July 4, 2012 The Broadway star talks about his new recording of Copland's Lincoln Portrait for NPR Music.

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Manhattan, Copland's "Quiet City," at night.

November 12, 2011 The orchestral version of Quiet City is fairly well known, but there's more to this story.

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Erich Kunzel

September 1, 2009 Hear the exuberant conductor lead his Cincinnati Pops Orchestra in music by Strauss and Copland.

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Aaron Copland captured the sound of America's wide open spaces with surprisingly simple techniques.

July 1, 2009 Copland's pure, American sound flows from two simple chords in Appalachian Spring.

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June 2, 2009 After 60 years, Stanley Drucker gives his final performances with the orchestra.

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Copland (300)

March 24, 2009 Aaron Copland's clear, light and open textures give his ballet a quiet strength.

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An attention-grabbing opening can be the key to a successful composition.

January 5, 2009 Hear Rob Kapilow discuss the ways composers can set a tone in their works' opening seconds.

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Arron Copland

December 27, 2008 Conductor Marin Alsop explores the bold and bucolic sides of Aaron Copland's early music.

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December 25, 2007 Commentator Miles Hoffman checks off a list of classical hits built from musical philanthropy.

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November 26, 2007 The Canadian soprano's new CD, Surprise, features classical cabaret songs.

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November 12, 2004 The composer conducted a wide-ranging interview with NPR in November 1980.

Discover Songs

Aaron Copland captured the sound of America's wide open spaces with surprisingly simple techniques.

July 1, 2009 Copland's pure, American sound flows from two simple chords in Appalachian Spring.

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Copland (300)

March 24, 2009 Aaron Copland's clear, light and open textures give his ballet a quiet strength.

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November 24, 2008 Five tasty tunes to enjoy while preparing the feast for family and friends on Thanksgiving.

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July 23, 2008 On his birthday, hear Fleisher's best recordings, chosen by Pulitzer-winning critic Tim Page.

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February 5, 2008 The spirit of the American West is made audible in music by composers from Dvorak to Harris.

News

Erich Kunzel

September 1, 2009 Hear the exuberant conductor lead his Cincinnati Pops Orchestra in music by Strauss and Copland.

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February 18, 2006 A 12-city tour sponsored by the Library of Congress celebrates the history of American music.

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Reviews

Composer Henry Brant took 36 years to transform the "Concord" sonata by Charles Ives into a full-fledged symphony.

May 12, 2011 The maverick composer spent 43 years on his sonata; it took Henry Brant 36 years to orchestrate it.

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More Stories

With the presidential election set for Tuesday, we take a look at operas that tackle today's toughest political issues.

November 1, 2012 Watch excerpts from contemporary operas that grapple with today's top political issues head-on.

Robert Spano, music director of the Aspen Music Festival and School, conducts the Aspen Chamber Symphony. He is a fan of the Third Symphony by Aaron Copland.

August 1, 2013 Five acclaimed American musicians pick favorite homegrown symphonic works.

In these times of instability in the recording industry, more and more Symphony Orchestras (like the Cincinnati Symphony, photographed here) are making their own albums.

December 15, 2011 Once contracted to big labels, orchestras are now releasing their own impressive recordings.

Guitarist Jason Vieaux loves the wide open spaces in Aaron Copland's music.

March 18, 2011 The guitarist admits a penchant for Copland's Americana without the least bit of guilt.

Composer Aaron Copland in 1962.

November 13, 2000 Copland most famous composition, and one that some critics call his best, was written for a ballet.

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NPR Artist Directory

Chopin

Frederic Chopin

Hear Chopin's music in performance and perspective.

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Gillian Welch

Gillian Welch

Enjoy archival interviews and performances from the folk revivalist.

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Spoon

Spoon

Music, live concerts and interviews with the pop-rock band.

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Rodrigo y Gabriela

Rodrigo y Gabriela

Hear and watch exclusive performances from the guitar-playing Mexican duo.

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Bon Iver

Hear concerts and interviews with the atmospheric art-folk singer.

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Charles Mingus

Charles Mingus

Hear performances and profiles of the jazz innovator's work.

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Emerson String Quartet

Emerson String Quartet

Hear essential recordings and performances from the lauded quartet.

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Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

NPR Music explores the life and voice of the passionate Qawwali singer.

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Wye Oak

Wye Oak

Exclusive performances from the pop duo from Baltimore.

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M.I.A.

M.I.A.

Music and news from the Sri Lanka-born hip-hop artist and producer.

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Arcade Fire

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Aaron Copland: Quiet City

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  • Album: Aaron Copland: Quiet City
  • Artist: Christopher Brellochs
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Aaron Copland: Clarinet Concerto: Music for the Theatre; Dance Panels

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  • Artist: David Schifrin
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The Only American Album You'll Ever Need

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  • Artist: Various Artists
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Copland: The Modernist

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  • Artist: Michael Tilson Thomas/San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
 

Copland: Symphony No. 3; Symphony for Organ and Orchestra

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  • Album: Copland: Symphony No. 3; Symphony for Organ and Orchestra
  • Artist: Leonard Bernstein
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Glenn Branca: Symphony No. 3 "Gloria"

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  • Album: Glenn Branca: Symphony No. 3 "Gloria"
  • Artist: Glenn Branca
  • Label: Atavistic
  • Released: 1983
 

Barber: School for Scandal/Symphonies 1 & 2

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  • Artist: Various
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Decasia

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  • Artist: Michael Gordon/Basel Sinfonietta/Kasper De Roo
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  • Released: 2002
 

Theofanidis Symphony No. 1

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  • Artist: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
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  • Released: 2011
 

Baltic Portraits

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  • Artist: Paavo Järvi
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  • Released: 2011
 

Chicago Symphony Orchestra Brass: Live

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  • Released: 2011
 

Profanes et Sacrees

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  • Artist: Boston Symphony Chamber Players
  • Label: BSO classics
  • Released: 2011
 

A Concord Symphony

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  • Artist: Michael Tilson Thomas San Francisco Symphony
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Ein Straussfest

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  • Artist: Erich Kunzel
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Hollywood's Greatest Hits, Vol. 1

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  • Artist: Erich Kunzel
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  • Released: 1987
 

American Jubilee

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  • Artist: Erich Kunzel
  • Label: Telarc
  • Released: 1988
 

A Copland Celebration Vol. 1

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  • Album: A Copland Celebration Vol. 1
  • Artist: Aaron Copland
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  • Released: 2000
 

New York Philharmonic: The Historic Broadcasts, 1923 to 1987 [Box Set]

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  • Album: New York Philharmonic: The Historic Broadcasts, 1923 to 1987 [Box Set]
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  • Released: 1997
 

Leonard Bernstein conducts Debussy & Ravel

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Copland the Populist

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Copland: Appalachian Spring; Gould: Fall River Legend

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  • Album: Copland: Appalachian Spring; Gould: Fall River Legend
  • Artist: Various
  • Label: RCA
  • Released: 1993
 

R. Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra; Rosenkavalier Suite; Don Juan

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  • Album: R. Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra; Rosenkavalier Suite; Don Juan
  • Artist: Lorin Maazel
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  • Released: 1999
 

Bernstein Century: Gershwin

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  • Artist: Leonard Bernstein
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  • Released: 1997
 

Copland: Dance Symphony; Symphony No. 1; Short Symphony

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  • Album: Copland: Dance Symphony; Symphony No. 1; Short Symphony
  • Artist: Marin Alsop
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Copland: Appalachian Spring; Rodeo; Billy the Kid; Fanfare for the Common Man

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  • Album: Copland: Appalachian Spring; Rodeo; Billy the Kid; Fanfare for the Common Man
  • Artist: Leonard Bernstein
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  • Released: 1997
 

Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue; Barber: Adagio; Copland; Appalachian Spring

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  • Album: Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue; Barber: Adagio; Copland; Appalachian Spring
  • Artist: Leonard Bernstein
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Harvest Home: Music for All Seasons

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  • Artist: Jay Ungar & Molly Mason
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Awakening / Joseph Curiale

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  • Released: 2000
 

Early American Choral Music, Vol. 1

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  • Artist: Paul Hillier
  • Label: Classical Express
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Beethoven: Piano Trios "Archduke", "Ghost"

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  • Released: 1992
 

Surprise

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Aaron Copland: The Young Pioneers, the Complete Music for Solo Piano

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Copland: Orchestral Works

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Clarinet Concerto/Quiet City/Dance Panels

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Copland: Symphony No. 3; Billy the Kid (Suite)

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Thomson: The Plow that Broke the Plains

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  • Released: 2007