Copland and the American Sound

Explore what brought Copland to write music that gave Americans a sense of identity.

In the early 20th century, the sounds of America burst upon the world with jazz, blues, spirituals, folk, Latin and the sounds of Tin Pan Alley – each of them defining a different musical experience of being American. Aaron Copland listened and absorbed everything around him. Filmed on location in New York, Brooklyn, and Prague, this episode visits the places and explores the ideas that shaped Aaron Copland’s life and music.

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