Notes and Editorial Reviews
Aaron Copland's music reflects the transformation of the American experience that took place during his lifetime. Born in 1900 in Brooklyn, he witnessed the wild confidence of the Jazz Age, the fears of the Great Depression, and the rallying of the nation as it entered World War II. His ideal was to write music that would express how it felt to live those experiences.
Copland wrote classical music in his own special way. He transformed it to capture the energy of American's bustling cities and the vast quiet of its empty plains. He created a musical style that evoked the diversity of the American people. The sounds of Jewish music, African-American jazz, folk songs, cowboy ballads, and Latin American dances all played their
parts in his compositions, which he hoped would bring people together in times of crises.
Today, Copland's music seems comforting and celebratory. Sixty years ago it was a wake-up call that gave Americans a critical sense of their own identity.
Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony explore the music of Copland and the cityscapes, landscapes, and social and political developments that shaped it.
Live Performance of Copland's Appalachian spring by the San Francisco Symphony and MTT shot in high definition, presented in 16:9 widescreen and 5.1 surround sound.
Live Performance of Copland's Appalachian spring also includes two alternative 5.1 channel surround sound audio mixes: "Musician" and "Audience" points of view.
Documentary includes optional closed-caption English subtitles
Subtitles in German, French, Spanish and Chinese
Works on This Recording
Appalachian Spring by Aaron Copland
Michael Tilson Thomas
San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1943-1944; USA
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