Topic: ArtConcerts

Last updated: February 23, 2019

Aaron coplan was one of the most respected and admired composers of the twentieth century.

He was the leading pioneer in American music. Aaron Coplan was born in Booklyn, New York, United States on November 14th in 1900. He was the youngest of five children to Sarah and Harris Copland. When he was eleven years old, one of his sisters, Laurine, taught him how to play a piano. Laurine also influenced to his musical world by introducing him to ragtime and opera. Aaron’s first format piano lesson were under the instruction of Leopold Wolfsohn from 1913 to 1917. Wolfsohn introduced him to the pieces of the great musicians such as Beethoven and Mozart. Aaron started want to becoming a composer after he attended a concert by composer Ignacy Paderewski.

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Aaron began to study composition and music theory through taking corresponding course taught by Rubin Goldmark. Rubin Goldmark was a very conservative American composer, who discouraged modern music. He also received piano lessons from Victor Wittgenstein and Clarence Alder. He was exposed to various genres of music by attending to operas and concerts.

The Cat and the Mouse in 1920 was his first published composition that was not shown to Rubin Goldmark. The Cat and the Mouse is a literal composition which fast tempo depicts the mouse while slow tempo depicts the cat. From 1921 to 1924, Aaron left United States and continued his dream of studying in American Conservatory in Fontainebleau in Paris, France. He took piano instruction from Ricardo and studied composition with Nadia Boulanger, who was a successful composer, conductor, and organist. During his years in Paris, he became enamored with the music of Debussy, Ravel, and Scriabin. When Aaron finished his studies in 1924, Boulanger requests him to compose a work for her organ performance.


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