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The Selected Correspondence of Aaron Copland

Aaron Copland, Elizabeth B. Crist, and Wayne Shirley

Abstract

This book is devoted to the correspondence of composer Aaron Copland, covering his life from age eight to eighty-seven. The chronologically arranged collection includes letters to many significant figures in American twentieth-century music as well as Copland's friends, family, teachers, and colleagues. Selected for readability, interest, and the light they cast upon the composer's thoughts and career, the letters are carefully annotated and each is published in its entirety. Copland was a gifted and natural letter writer who revealed much more about himself in his letters than in formal writi ... More

Keywords: modern music, personality, Leonard Bernstein, Carlos Chávez, William Schuman, Virgil Thomson, twentieth-century music, Aaron Copland

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780300111217
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300111217.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Aaron Copland, author

Elizabeth B. Crist, editor

Wayne Shirley, editor

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Chapter One Brooklyn and Paris, 1909–24

Elizabeth B. Crist, and Wayne Shirley

Chapter Two The World of Modern Music, 1924–31

Elizabeth B. Crist, and Wayne Shirley

Chapter Three The Depression Years, 1932–37

Elizabeth B. Crist, and Wayne Shirley

Chapter Four Musical Triumphs, 1937–42

Elizabeth B. Crist, and Wayne Shirley

Chapter Five During and After the War, 1942–48

Elizabeth B. Crist, and Wayne Shirley

Chapter Six The Post-War Decade, 1948–58

Elizabeth B. Crist, and Wayne Shirley

Chapter Seven 1958 and Beyond

Elizabeth B. Crist, and Wayne Shirley