Composer of the Week: Copland

The American Depression

Episode 2 The American Depression



Aaron Copland is the composer who, more than any other, defined the sound of American classical music. Copland's life spanned every decade of the 20th century, and this week Donald Macleod explores the composer's life and music against the background of the events of that century. In this episode, Copland returns to his home town of New York, where he made his name during the early 1930s. It was there he established his own individual style and a truly American sound in music, as the US struggled through the depression. Copland: Dance (Music for Theater). Orchestra of St Lukes, conductor Dennis Russell Davies. Piano Variations. Emanuel Ax (piano). El Salon Mexico. BBC Philharmonic, conductor John Wilson. Billy the Kid. New York Philharmonic, conductor Leonard Bernstein. John Henry. London Symphony Orchestra, conductor Aaron Copland.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Donald Macleod
Producer Sam Phillips