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Live Chat, November 14, 6 p.m. ET


Hi, I'm Terry Teachout. I cover the classical-music scene for Time Magazine and Performance Today on NPR. Everybody loves Aaron Copland's "Hoedown." But was the man who wrote Rodeo really a "great" composer, like Bartok or Stravinsky? Or was he just a purveyor of all-American souvenirs for the classical tourist trade?

In Copland's centennial year, his music and life are finally being discussed with unprecedented candor. For the first time ever, scholars are openly talking about his homosexuality (never publicly acknowledged during his lifetime) and his long, intimate relationship with the American Communist Party (including his face-to-face confrontation with Joe McCarthy). Read the transcript of our live chat from November 14, 2000, the 100th birthday of Aaron Copland, the man who invented the sound of American classical music.

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