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Copland Centenary

The opening brass flourish of Aaron Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man conjures up a vision of the Stars and Stripes, of national strength and lofty ideals. Copland himself has become a cultural icon -- a flesh-and-blood realization of the American Dream.

Copland took modernist gestures of early 20th-century composition and turned them into a language recognizable in homes across the country and around the world. That was his triumph. But it is only one of many achievements that define a complex and prolific figure. Largely known through a few works, much of Copland's music awaits regular performances and informed appreciation. The centennial of Copland's birth in 2000 provides an exceptional opportunity to explore both the superhighways and side-streets of his compositional journey.

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Listen to Aaron Copland's music with a selection of audio and video clips

Diary of centennial performances in the 1999-2000 season

Scores and music on sale from our online shop

A selection of recommended Copland recordings

"So long as the human spirit thrives on this planet, music in some living form will accompany and sustain it and give it expressive meaning." —Aaron Copland

A quick overview of Aaron Copland and his music

A biographical summary, for use in concert programmes

View works by Copland

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Al Hirschfeld's caricature of Aaron Copland:
© 1997 Al Hirschfeld. Drawing reproduced by special
arrangement with Hirschfeld's exclusive representative,
The Margo Feiden Galleries Ltd,. New York.

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