Composer of the Week: Copland

World War II

Episode 3 World War II



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. Today, Donald tells us about Copland's work in Hollywood, the loss of his parents and his involvement in US propaganda during the Second World War. Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man. Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor Zubin Mehta. Music for Movies. Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, conductor Leonard Slatkin. Letter from Home. London Symphony Orchestra, conductor Aaron Copland. Appalachian Spring. Aurora Orchestra, conductor Nicholas Collon.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Donald Macleod
Producer Sam Phillips