Copland's Music

Noah talks to musicologist and crtitic Michael Steinberg about the music of Aaron Copland. Why, we ask, does Copland's music *sound* American? What is it about the music that evokes an American landscape in the minds of the audience? Steinberg think it has something to do with the composer's habit of quoting folk and cowboy tunes — but also something about his chord structure that connotes wide-open spaces. {3:45}



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