Aaron Copland (November 14, 1900 – December 2, 1990) was an American classical composer, writer, and conductor of his own material and other American composers. Often referred to as "the Dean of American Composers,” he was instrumental in forging a distinctly American style of composition. While he had been writing significant work throughout the 1920’s, it was not until the late 1930’s that Copland became celebrated as a renowned composer. During this time he focused primarily on making compositions immediately more accessible to the average listener. This began with his work on the ballet “Billy the Kid”. Other popular ballet’s included “Appalachian Spring,” “Rodeo” a...
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