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Aaron Copland
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"There is nothing puny or casual about the form [of the symphony]. It is still the form in which the composer tries to come to grips with big emotions."

Aaron Copland: The Life & Work of an Uncommon Man
(Howard Pollack)
Deftly researched, Pollack's definitive biography examines the "edgy vitality" that infused both Copland and his brand of composition.

Copland: 1900-1942
(Vivian Perlis )
Aaron Copland is one of America's most beloved musical pioneers, famous for Appalachian Spring, Billy the Kid, and Lincoln Portrait, as well as the movie scores for "Our Town" and "Of Mice and Men," and numerous orchestral and chamber works. This candid, colorful memoir begins with Copland's Brooklyn childhood and takes us through his years in Paris, the creation of his early works, and his arrival at Tanglewood. Rich with remembrances from Leonard Bernstein, Virgil Thomson, and Nadia Boulanger, as well as a trove of letters, photographs, and scores from Copland's collection, this is one of our most vivid musical autobiographies, and an enduring record of an American maestro's explosively creative coming of age.

Music and Imagination
(Aaron Copland)
The legendary composer adds his signature touch to this text on creating great music.

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