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The Legacy of Aaron Copland - Concert Band

THE UNITED STATES ARMY FIELD BAND FROM WASHINGTON, DC
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The story of Aaron Copland’s life emanates from a family history that is quintessentially American. Born in Brooklyn, New York, on November 14, 1900, he was the youngest child of Russian immigrants Harris M. and Sarah (Mittenthal) Copland. His parents worked hard in their new country, taking advantage of opportunities available under the democratic system. They in- stilled in young Aaron enduring values based on immigrant themes of independence, self-reliance, motivation, self-education, and an incessant striving for something better. Throughout his life, Copland would demonstrate uncommon vision, exceptional talent, noble ideas, organizational excellence, and intense dedication to his art and craft. His extensive influence on and contribution to American music made him one of the most highly regarded composer-musicians of the Twentieth Century.

This compact disc was recorded in August 1999 at Devers Hall, Fort George G. Meade, Maryland, using multi-track digital equipment. Its release coincides with the centenary celebration of Aaron Copland’s birth, allowing educators to use it as a reference in preparing for their own concert programs in the year 2000.


Online Resources

THE MUSIC OF AARON COPLAND - AN EDUCATORS GUIDE

Reference Materials

Performance Tips and Techniques

For each of the Aaron Copland compositions which the Field Band has performed, the Concert Band has assembled a list of performance suggestions from each section. These include altered articulations, part editing, errata, and recommendations to improve balance. General performance tips and techniques for the band music of Aaron Copland.
At the present time, these include the following compositions:

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