Composer of the Week: Copland

Retirement from Composition

Episode 5 Retirement from Composition



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 here Donald Macleod explores the composer's life and music against the background of the events of that era. In the final programme, Donald explores Copland's more radical works of the 1960s, his increased interest in conducting that eventually led to a retirement from composition, and his final years that saw him showered with awards from around the world. Copland: Music for a Great City: IV, Towards the Bridge. London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by the composer. Connotations. New York Philharmonic, conductor Leonard Bernstein. Piano Concerto. Earl Wild. The Symphony of the Air. Three Latin-American Sketches: I. Estrobilio. New Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by the composer. At the River. Marilyn Horne (soprano), English Chamber Orchestra, conductor Carl Davis.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Donald Macleod
Producer Sam Phillips