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Copland sings and plays with his friend, composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein in 1945

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Composer Aaron Copland Was Born in Brooklyn, New York
November 14, 1900

Some people don't know what they want to be when they grow up until they are grown up. Others know when they are very young. When he was just 15, Aaron Copland decided to become a composer. Born on November 14, 1900, in Brooklyn, New York, to Russian-Jewish immigrant parents, Copland would become a famous American composer of operas, ballets, orchestral music, band music, chamber music, choral music, and film scores. How did he make his dream a reality?
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