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Aaron Copland
(1900 - 1990)

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1900 Born 14 November, in Brooklyn, New York; son of Russian Jewish immigrants
1917 Begins music lessons with the eminent teacher and composer Rubin Goldmark
1921 Continues his studies in France, where he is taught by Nadia Boulanger
1925 Back home, the first performance of his Symphony for Organ and Orchestra (with Nadia Boulanger as soloist) creates a sensation
1936 Composes El Salón México, marking the beginning of his "Americana" phase; founds the American Composer's Alliance for promotion of new music.
1940 Joins staff of Berkshire Music Center, Tanglewood, Massachusetts, where he teaches for 25 years
1944 Ballet Appalachian Spring wins a Pulitzer Prize
1990 Dies 2 December, in New York
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