21. Aaron Copeland - Aaron Copeland An American Composer...

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Aaron Copeland November 14,1900 December 2, 1990 An American Composer
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Copland was born in Brooklyn, New York , on November  14, 1900.  The child of Jewish immigrants from Lithuania, he first  learned to play the piano from his older sister.  At the age of sixteen he went to Manhattan to study with  Rubin Goldmark, a respected private music instructor  who taught Copland the fundamentals of composition.  During these early years he immersed himself in  contemporary classical music by attending  performances at the New York Symphony and Brooklyn  Academy of Music. 
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He found, however, that like many other young  musicians, he was attracted to the classical history and  musicians of Europe.  So, at the  age of twenty , he left New York for the  Summer School of Music for American Students at  Fountainebleau,  France.
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In France, Copland found a musical community unlike  any he had known.  It was at this time that he sold his first composition to  Durand and Sons, the most respected music publisher in  France.  While in Europe Copeland met many of the important  artists of the time, including the famous composer Serge  Koussevitsky. Koussevitsky requested that Copland  write a piece for the Boston Symphony Orchestra. 
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The piece, "Symphony for Organ and Orchestra" (1925)  was Copland's entry into the life of professional 
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