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Aaron Copland Appalachian Spring Holograph score, 1943-44
Appalachian Spring, Copland's ballet, won the 1944 Pulitzer Prize in music

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

Copland wrote scores for many early films, including adaptations of Thornton Wilder's play Our Town (1940) and John Steinbeck's short novels Of Mice and Men (1939), and The Red Pony (1948). Not only a gifted composer, Copland became a teacher, an author of books and articles on music, an organizer of musical events, and a much sought-after conductor. He received more than 30 honorary degrees and many awards. For many people, Copland's music uniquely captures the American spirit. He did what he set out to do when he was only 15. If you haven't before, try listening to Copland's Appalachian Spring. Close your eyes while you listen. See if the music makes you feel the energy that bursts forth in nature each spring.
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