Listen: Hear the Entire Copland Interview
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Aaron Copland at the piano in his home in Rock Hill, N.Y.
In 1980, iconic American composer Aaron Copland sat down with the late NPR producer and host Fred Calland for a wide-ranging interview.
Copland spoke about his music and life, which spanned much of the 20th century. He described the inspirations for his symphonies and other works and spoke of his desire to conduct in addition to composing.