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Aaron Copland

Born: 1900. Died: 1990. Lived in: United States

Copland born in Brooklyn, New York. Of Russian Jewish descent, he spent his childhood living above his parents' Brooklyn shop. Although his parents never encouraged or directly exposed him to music, at age fifteen he had already taken an interest in the subject and aspired to be a composer. His music education included time with Leopold Wolfsohn and Rubin Goldmark, also one of George Gershwin's teachers, and with Nadia Boulanger in Paris from 1921.

Upon his return from his studies in Paris, he decided that he wanted to write works that were 'American in character' and thus he chose jazz as the American idiom. His first significant work was the necromantic ballet Grohg which contributed thematic material to his later Dance Symphony. Other major works of his first (austere) period include the Short Symphony (1933), Music for Theater (1925) and Piano Variations (1939). This jazz inspired period was brief, however as his style evolved toward the goal of writing more accessible works.

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Paris Rutherford : My Funny Valentine : Showtrax CD : 888680663773 : 00214288

Paris Rutherford : My Funny Valentine

The Rodgers & Hart standard has been recorded by many wonderful artists. Vocal jazz ensembles will amaze their audiences with this stunning bossa nova setting, as well as giving singers an opportunity to develop style and blend and enjoy singing these incredible lyrics.

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5543p | Showtrax CD | $26.95

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