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Lou Harrison on Aaron Copland

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 24 min
Event Type: Interview Program Origin: KPFA

As part of a February 7, 1991 program in memory of Aaron Copland, (who died in December,1990), Charles Amirkhanian interviews composer Lou Harrison about his friendship with Copland, as well as playing some samples of Copland’s music, and a brief excerpt from a talk by the quintessential 20th century American composer. Amirkhanian and Harrison discuss Copland’s illustrious career, comparing his early and latter works, and pondering what more might have been, if it had not been for Copland’s decline and eventual death due to Alzheimer's disease. Harrison’s expresses great admiration for, and just a bit of mystification about, the qualities of Copland’s music that made it so representative of the American spirit, even more so than that of Charles Ives. And in a brief excerpt from a talk, we hear Copland himself suggest that his best music simply appears in his mind, rather than resulting from any more deliberate effort to fulfill the requirements of a commission.

Musical Selections:  El Salón México, for orchestra [excerpt] (1932"36) (0:15) / Aaron Copland -- Rodeo [final movement “Hoe-down”] (1942) (3:27) / Aaron Copland -- [unidentified orchestral music] (1:36) / Aaron Copland -- Simple Gifts, for voice and orchestra (1848, arr. 1943-50) (1:37) / Elder Joseph Brackett [arr. by Aaron Copland]
Performers:  New Philharmonia Orchestra (Salón)
London Symphony Orchestra (Rodeo)
Aaron Copland, conductor (Salón ; Rodeo)
Genres:  20th Century Classical; Orchestral Music
Subject:  Copland, Aaron, 1900-1990; 20th century classical; Orchestral music; Ballets; Songs (High voice) with orchestra
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Copland, Aaron, 1900-1990; Harrison, Lou, 1917-2003; Brackett, Joseph, 1797-1882
Recording Date:  2/7/1991
First Broadcast Date:  2/7/1991
 
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