The Copland House
(The Copland Heritage Association of Cortland, Inc)
Formed by a group of musicians, music lovers, arts presenters and local history buffs who determined that the home of Aaron Copland, America's foremost composer of the 20th century, should remain an inspiration to the music world and a source of pride to the community in which he spent the final 30 years of his life. This site provides valuable information about the house and Aaron Copland's life and works.
Who was that masked composer?
He attended a political meeting in New York in 1949. It landed Aaron
Copeland in front of Senator Joseph McCarthy's Senate Permanent
Subcommittee on Investigations four years later. These related
incidents are the backdrop for this (long) article which gives a very
rich analysis of Copland's opera "The Tender Land" and an account of
his path to greatness that is definitely not a rehashing of the old,
run-of-the mill biographical information. His ultra-liberal political
associations, his family's response to his talent, the artists he
associated with at a young age, and his sexuality are among the
subjects addressed. A fascinating portrait of a man who seemingly
revealed his entire self through his music. Well worth reading.