A double bill featuring the renowned American composer, Aaron Copland, is the next program in the Arts on Film series, to be screen this coming Wednesday September 26 in Arts.

SFS Media, c2006

The first program, Copland and the American Sound, explores the music of the Brooklyn, New York born composer – the cityscapes, landscapes, and social and political developments that shaped it.  Aaron Copland’s music from the Billy the Kid Suite to Fanfare for the Common Man and Appalachian Spring, captured the American spirit while celebrating the diversity of the American people.  He combined the European symphonic style with the bustling sounds of America’s cities or the vast quiet of majestic plains to create a uniquely American sound.

Photo of composer Aaron Copland from the CBS television/New York Philharmonic “Young Peoples’ Concerts” series. [1970]. CBS Television.
Courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

This is followed at 12.55 by Copland’s Appalachian Spring performed live by the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Michael Tilson.  Appalachian Spring began as a ballet score in 1944 and projected an ideal, pioneering America of open fields and endless horizons.   In 1945 Copland rearranged the ballet score as an orchestral suite for 13 pieces, preserving most of the music.  Appalachian Spring will also be performed by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra as part of its Masters series in 2013

The Aaron Copland Double Bill commences at 12.00 noon and concludes at 1.30 pm  (approx). It will be held in the Arts Listening-Viewing Room. Enter via the Arts Reading Room and Audio-visual Centre (from Trescowthick Information Centre). Admission is free. No bookings required, but come early as seating is limited. Enjoy!

 

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