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Kelby Wegwitz S am Jewkes 12/08/2012 Final Presentation. Music 1010. Aaron Copland. Born November 14, 1900. Died December 2, 1990. http://www.last.fm/music/Aaron+Copland. Family. Lived in Brooklyn Russian- Jewish Immigrant family . http://www.loc.gov/loc/lcib/0011/copland.html.

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kelby wegwitz s am jewkes 12 08 2012 final presentation
KelbyWegwitz

Sam Jewkes

12/08/2012

Final Presentation

Music 1010

aaron copland
Aaron Copland

Born November 14, 1900

Died December 2, 1990

http://www.last.fm/music/Aaron+Copland

family
Family
  • Lived in Brooklyn
  • Russian- Jewish
  • Immigrant family

http://www.loc.gov/loc/lcib/0011/copland.html

  • Harris and Sarah Copland
  • 5 Children
  • Aaron was Youngest

http://www.shorpy.com/node/7531

piano lessons
Piano Lessons
  • Rubin Goldmark, Ludwig Wolfsohn,

http://ja.wikipedia.org

study abroad
Study Abroad

American Conservatory in France 1920-1923

http://www.fontainebleauschools.org/music/index.html

Nadia Boulanger

World Renowned Pianist

http://gulfporthighsingers.com

other influences
Other Influences

http://artsfuse.org

Serge Koussevitsky

copland s composition timeline
Copland’s Composition Timeline

http://www.coplandhouse.org

Copland’s Compositions and life Achievements

the good years
The Good Years

From 1920 ‘s to 1970’s

  • Composed more than 100 pieces
  • Started teaching Berkshire Music Center at Tanglewood
  • Taught at Harvard
  • Wrote Fanfare for the Common Man, Billy the Kid, and Appalachian Trail his most Famous works.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aaron_Copland

appalachian spring
Appalachian Spring

Commisioned Ballet-1943 E. Sprague Coolidge Foundation

Performed and Choreographed by Martha Grahm.

Debuted October 30, 1944

http://www.classicalnotes.net/classics/appalachian.html

the title
The Title

The Dance

Hart Cane

O Appalachian Spring! I gained the ledge;

Steep, inaccessible smile that eastward bends

And northward reaches in that violet wedge

Of Adirondacks.

the story
The Story

http://vimeo.com/8224891

Main Characters

Bride, Groom, Radical Preacher, Congregation, Neighbor

the story1
The Story

http://archives.danceviewtimes.com/dvw/reviews/2003/sanjose.htm

copland s dinamics
Copland’s Dinamics
  • 1. VERY SLOWLY. Introduction of the characters, one by one, in a suffused light.
  • 2. FAST. Sudden burst of unison strings in A major arpeggios stars the action. A sentiment both elated and religious gives the keynote to this scene.
  • 3. MODERATE. Duo for the Bride and her Intended--scene of tenderness and passion.
  • 4. QUITE FAST. The Revivalist and his flock. Folksy feelings--suggestions of square dances and country fiddlers.
  • 5. STILL FASTER. Solo dance of the Bride--presentiment of motherhood. Extremes of joy and fear and wonder.
  • 6. VERY SLOWLY (as at first). Transition scenes reminiscent of the introduction.
  • 7. CALM AND FLOWING. Scenes of daily activity for the Bride and her farmer-husband. There are five variations on a Shaker theme . . . sung by a solo clarinet . . .
  • 8. MODERATE. CODA. The Bride takes her place among her neighbors. At the end the couple are left "quiet and strong in their new house." Muted strings intone a hushed, prayer like passage. The close is reminiscent of the opening music.
listening guide
Listening Guide
  • (click here to Play Piece)
  • 0:00 Introduction of all characters Slow Starts with french horn and is joined by the cello and woodwinds.
  • 1:18 French horns carry the Melody with flutes joining in a polyphonic sound
  • 2:15 2nd Movement-Tempo is doubled and violins start the movement.
  • 2:19 Drums enter the piece for the first time.
  • 2:22 Bassoon and Clarinet echo each other in imitation.
  • 2:58 Low Brass come in and have the piece carry a feeling of busy industry.
  • 3:29 Music Starts to dissolve and flutes carry the melody at 3:53
  • 4:08 Music Turns to a Minor Key
  • 4:27 Minor dissolves and leaves Percussion playing at half tempo
  • 5:07 3rd Movement Starts with the brass section.
  • 5:56 Violins carry melody. Tempos is soft and slow like a romantic moment is shared between the Bride and Groom
listening guide cont
Listening Guide (cont)
  • 7:15 Cornet is heard and orchestra mimics in turn.
  • 8:05 4th Movement- Quite Fast with the trumpet leading the piece.
  • 8:57 Duple Meter with the Snare Drum keeping Cadence
  • 10:00 Feeling of celebration continues and a crescendo builds.
  • 10:30 Piece falls to “off Cadence” beat. Copland’s Jazz influences can be seen in this movement.
  • 10:44 Horns reach Crescendo and tempos is half.
  • 11:00 11:40 Diminuendo and is treated as transition music between movements.
  • 11:41 5th Movement- Very short notes with exact lengths very ridged movements. Use of mimicry again
  • 12:13 Fanfare by Trumpets
  • 12:35 Building Crescendo
  • 12:42- 12:53 Drums complete Crescendo
  • 14:21 Dramatic slow down and transition.
listening guide cond
Listening Guide (cond)
  • 14:42 6th Movement Starts slow like beginning with the violins.
  • 15:33 Polyphonic with the strings carrying the melody
  • 16:16 Violins flare to make it feel like wind moving.
  • 16:45 1st Variation of “Shaker Hymn" by Joseph Bracket. Lone clarinet holds melody with woodwinds support (mainly the flutes)
  • 17:13 2nd Variation Bassoon starts melody in a different key again with flutes and now clarinets in the back ground. Horns come in half way through just as flute did for clarinet in the first movement.
  • 17:41 3rd Variation Cello picks up Shaker Hymn with a half tempo variation and is joined by every section in the orchestra at 8:13
  • 18:30 4th Variation by the trumpet and brass
  • 18:57 5th and final Variation on Shaker Hymn Played and carried by a mostly unison orchestra with a crescendo.
works cited
Works Cited

http://www.npr.org/programs/specials/copland/notes.html

http://www.scribd.com/doc/12595659/Listening-Guides-2

http://www.kennedy-center.org/calendar/?fuseaction=composition&composition_id=3739

http://lasr.cs.ucla.edu/geoff/prognotes/copland/appalachianSpring.html

AppalchianSpring Composed by Aaron Copland.