AARON’S CHILDHOOD• Copland was born November 14, 1900 in Brooklyn, New York. He lived in the state of New York most of his life.• Aaron was a child of Jewish immigrants and they lived above the department store his family owned.• While attending Boys’ High School he began to study music theory beginning in 1917.
AARON’S CHILDHOOD-ContinuedThis photo is an undated photo of Copland as ayoungster. Coplands sisters showed him how toplay piano when he was 11 years old and by the age15 he decided to become a composer.
AARON AS AN ADULT• At age 20,Copeland travelled to Fontainebleau, France . He attended the summer school of Music for American Students. In France, he sold his first composition to Durand and Sons.• By the mid 1930s Copland had become not only one of the most popular composers in the country, but a leader of the community of American classical musicians.
AARON AS AN ADULT - Continued• When Aaron was older he only went to concerts he really liked –mostly contemporary.• He had a Great Dane named Nadia and a cat named Helen.• Aaron travelled the world to try and raise the importance of American music and to make it more popular at home.
AARON AS AN ADULT - Continued• A rare photo of Copland from 1933. At this age he began to focus his attention on American classical music.
INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT AARON COPLAND• He received many awards, including the Pulitzer Prize and an Academy Award.• He taught at The New School for Social Research at Harvard University.• He received 30 honorary degrees during his career.• He did not like Jell-O because the wobbly gelatin made him nervous.• Aaron Copland was a night time person and did his real composing from about 8PM to midnight or later.
AARON IN HIS OLD AGE• After 1970 Aaron Copland stopped composing but he continued to conduct and lecture through the mid 1980’s.• In his older years he took walks in the woods and worked in his garden for his physical activity.• In 1983 at age 83 Copland conducted his last symphony.• On December 2,1990 at age 90 Aaron Copland died in North Tarrytown, New York.
WHAT KIND OF MUSIC DID AARON COLPAND COMPOSE?• Aaron composed exciting music and crazy music. Hoe Down was crazy because of the pitch that went high and low.• He was a very popular music composer and pianist. He was popular because of his simple compositions, compared to the other composers of the time who were complicated.• Hoe down was his most famous piece of music and it was based on the old west.