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Born in New York City, New York, USA
Died in North Tarrytown, New York, USA  (respiratory failure)
Nickname The Dean of American composers

Mini Bio (1)

Aaron Copland is an Academy Award-winning composer (The Heiress (1949)), author, conductor, lecturer and educator. He was educated at public schools and was a music student of his sister and later Leopold Wolfson, Victor Wittgenstein, Clarence Adler, Rubin Goldmark and Nadia Boulanger. In 1925, he received the first Guggenheim fellowship awarded to a composer. He was a lecturer for ten years at the New School for Social Research, a guest lecturer at Harvard University between 1935 and 1944, and Dean of the Berkshire Music Center at Tanglewood from 1946. With Roger Sessions, he organized the Copland-Sessions concert series for young American composers, and he founded the American Festival of Contemporary Music, Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, New York. He was a conductor in the United States and abroad. As a guest conductor for the Boston Symphony, he toured with Charles Münch throughout the Far East in 1960. His memberships included the National Institute of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He was awarded the Edward MacDowell Medal, and the US Medal of Freedom.

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Trivia (8)

Copland's upcoming 100th birthday celebration marked by screening of first film he scored The City (1939) at NY's Museum of Modern Art, featuring tributes by film composers André Previn and David Raksin. [December 1999]
Died of complications from strokes and respiratory problems.
He joined ASCAP in 1946.
Kennedy Center Honoree, 1979
Voiced support for the American Communist Party during his lifetime.
HE was awarded the American National Medal of the Arts in 1986 by the National Endowment of the Arts in Washington D.C.
Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume Two, 1986-1990, pages 198-202. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1999.

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