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The Selected Correspondence of Aaron Copland$
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Aaron Copland, Elizabeth B. Crist, and Wayne Shirley

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780300111217

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300111217.001.0001

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During and After the War, 1942–48

During and After the War, 1942–48

(p.148) Chapter Five During and After the War, 1942–48
The Selected Correspondence of Aaron Copland
Elizabeth B. Crist, Wayne Shirley
Yale University Press

This chapter chronicles the events in Aaron Copeland's life throughout World War II up until its aftermath. Copeland returned to Hollywood in 1943, after the success of his film scores for Of Mice and Men and Our Town, where he then composed music for yet another film with Lewis Milestone, The North Star. A work of wartime propaganda that fostered pro-Soviet and anti-Nazi sentiment, the movie did not find success either in terms of film or music. The two worked a third time, however, on The Red Pony, a work based on the novel of John Steinbeck. During that same year, Copeland also worked with William Wyler on The Heiress, for which he was awarded an Academy Award in 1950 for best film score.

Keywords:   Aaron Copeland, World War II, Of Mice and Men, Our Town, Lewis Milestone, The North Star, The Red Pony, John Steinbeck, The Heiress, William Wyler

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