On this day, in 1900, Aaron Copland was born in Brooklyn. He was the son of immigrants who grew up to become one of America's quintessential musical composers. He not only created great orchestral music such as "Symphonies, no. 3." (Find "Symphonies, no. 3." on Leonard Bernstein's six disk set The Americans: Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon [CD CLASSICAL BER].) He also composed music for lively ballets like "Billy the Kid," choreographed by Martha Graham, and wrote music for major motion pictures such as the 1939 film, Of Mice and Men [DVD OF], based on the John Steinbeck novella of the same name.
Copland wrote to educate the general public about music, and we have his guide, What To Listen For in Music [780 COP] on our shelves.
Of all his works, the one that is perhaps best known is his "Fanfare for the Common Man." Here is Leonard Bernstein presenting Copland:
Learn more about Copland in Aaron Copland: The Life and Work of an Uncommon Man by Howard Pollack [B COP].