I can't believe you sent this to me today. I heard a NPR special last night
on Aaron Copeland and I was beginning to look for some of his works. I am
especially interested in his Lincoln piece. Unfortunately the Library
doesn't have this one YET.
Also I can't thank you enough for the PBS site on the elections. My classes
spent many hours on line researching their choose for the president. It was
GREAT. Thanks again
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From: Elizabeth L. Brown <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Wednesday, November 15, 2000 9:37 AM
Subject: Aaron Copland Collection now in American Memory
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> Sender: American Memory Fellows <[log in to unmask]>
> Poster: "Elizabeth L. Brown" <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Aaron Copland Collection now in American Memory
> This announcement is being sent to a number of lists. Please accept our
> apologies for any duplicate postings.
> November 14, 2000, marks the one hundredth birthday of the American
> musical icon Aaron Copland. The new online Aaron Copland Collection
> <> created by the National Digital
> Library Program in conjunction with the Library=92s Music Division, forms
> part of the Library of Congress=92s homage to this distinguished American.
> Copland devoted his life as a composer to creating, fostering,
> developing, and establishing a distinctive "American" music. He became
> known as the "Dean of American Music," a sobriquet with which he was
> uncomfortable. His name is synonymous with his compositions=20
> Appalachian Spring=ADwhich won the 1945 Pulitzer Prize in Music=ADand=20
> Fanfare for the Common Man.
> The Aaron Copland Collection Web site includes approximately one
> thousand items selected from Copland's correspondence, writings,
> photographs, and complete sets of music sketches. These sketches
> provide an overview of Copland=92s compositional process; he used=20
> them in composing thirty-one works spanning the years 1924 to 1967=20
> and covering every medium in which he composed: orchestral, ballet,=20
> opera, film, chamber, solo-piano, and vocal music.
> The eight hundred items of correspondence in the online collection
> include Copland=92s letters to his parents and other family members=20
> in the 1920s and =9130s, to his Parisian teacher Nadia Boulanger, to=20
> the conductor Serge Koussevitzky, and to other notable figures in
> twentieth-century music such as Nicolas Slonimsky, Roger Sessions,
> Carlos Ch=E1vez, Walter Piston, Leonard Bernstein, and Benjamin=20
> Britten. As an advocate and supporter of American music and=20
> American composers, Copland frequently wrote articles, presented=20
> lectures, and delivered speeches, and eighty-six of these are presented=20
> online as previously unpublished drafts. They reveal the creative=20
> process through which he wrote about his own music, other composers=20
> and their music, and other people who played important roles in his=20
> musical life. More than a hundred photographs are also represented=20
> in the online collection, many created by Copland=92s friend Victor
> a professional photographer. They include portraits of Aaron Copland=20
> at various ages and places, with family members, with other composers,=20
> and with other people associated with his career as a composer and
> conductor, as well as images from his worldwide travels.
> The Aaron Copland Collection Web site also includes the following
> Special Presentations: a time line of important events in Copland=92s
> life, an essay on Copland=92s music by Library staff member and noted
> American music scholar Wayne Shirley, and several previously=20
> published articles on Copland=92s life and work. In the future, the=20
> site will also include the revised finding aid for the complete=20
> Aaron Copland Collection.
> Copland extensively documented the many facets of his life in music.
> The archival Aaron Copland Collection, housed in the Library=92s Music
> Division, consists of approximately four hundred thousand items,=20
> dating from 1910 to 1990 with a few nineteenth-century photographs,=20
> and includes his music manuscripts, printed music, personal and=20
> business correspondence, diaries and writings, photographic materials,=20
> awards, honorary degrees, programs, and other biographical materials. =20
> It is the primary resource for research on Aaron Copland and a major=20
> resource for the study of musical life in twentieth-century America=20
> generally, particularly from the 1920s to the 1960s.
> Please direct any questions to [log in to unmask] .