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 theirRead more 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 Read less
Works on This Recording
Appalachian Springby Aaron Copland Conductor:
Michael Tilson Thomas
San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century Written: 1943-1944; USA
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DVD of PBS TV Show Keeping ScoreJuly 9, 2015By L. Gaines (Canton, MA)See All My Reviews"For years Ive been searching the internet looking for a DVD of a PBS TV show hosted by Michael Tilson Thomas. It was a three part series each celebrating the life of an American composer, one of which was Aaron Copland. The Copland series included Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony playing one of the most beautiful performances of Coplands Appalachian Spring that Ive ever seen or heard. And the performance included all four movements of Appalachian Spring, which is rarely heard. So for years I thought the series was called Three American Composers and unsuccessfully searched the internet on variations of that. After buying a music CD from ArkivMusic one day I thought of sending them an email asking if they had a DVD of Michael Tilson Thomass PBS show on Three American Composers. They immediately got back to me saying that I may be looking for a PBS show call Keeping Score and that they did have a DVD of the Copland series. I bought it and was delighted!"Report Abuse