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Posted: June 01 2007 at 2:07pm | IP Logged Quote Helen

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I thought for the month of June, I would suggest an American composer in honor of Flag Day (June 14th) and to be ready for the Fourth of July.

Aaron Copeland (1900-1990)
Copeland works into his compositions many of the American folk songs.

Wee Sing America
This CD is one of our favorites and I think it is a great introduction to Copland.

On Wee Sing America,
listen for
ďgood bye ole paint, Iím leaving Cheyenne.Ē

Then play Coplandís
Billy the Kid
(Rodeo[/] also sounds a bit like a folk tune during track 11 on my CD - scroll down for the link to the Bernstein link.)

If you can (and this is hard, I blurted it out when I heard it for the first time!), try not to point out the tune of Good bye Ole Paint and see if the children catch it themselves.

another very engaging piece is:
Appalachian Spring

I recently read that Copland also composed a work entitled
Lincoln Portrait

Iím going to try to locate it.

(I get these titles confused. I hope I wrote this correctly. I think I'll play some Copeland music this afternoon.)


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Posted: June 01 2007 at 4:02pm | IP Logged Quote MaryM

This will be great, Helen. LOve patriotic music around Flag Day. We did a big Flag Day study last year and will probably review some this year - the music will fit right in.

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Posted: June 01 2007 at 6:36pm | IP Logged Quote Helen

Thanks Mary - We have Bernstein conducting the NY Philarmonic.

Here's the amazon link (scroll down for samples to listen to):

Copeland Music

Rodeo is very well known and the kids should like the exciting tempo.

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Posted: June 02 2007 at 9:41am | IP Logged Quote Helen

I just had to update my original post. I misspelled the name of the June composer!
Aaron Copland is the proper spelling. (It's pronounced Copeland)

I noticed this while watching Bernstein's Youong People Concerts #2
What is American Music?

The program ends with Aaron Copland conducting part of his Third Symphony.

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My daughter's band performed a version of Appalachian Spring last year and it a lovely piece.
I really like Copland. Thanks for the links!

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Posted: June 02 2007 at 10:27am | IP Logged Quote lapazfarm

On the classical music site I linked to on this thread there is a section on Copland which explores the folk music influences on his work. Very interesting!
Here is the direct link:Keeping score
scroll down a bit for the Copland site!

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Posted: June 03 2007 at 2:38pm | IP Logged Quote Helen

Well, I certainly botched this month's composer study!
As we're listening to the Copland CD, I just realized that the Goodbye Ole Paint folk tune is found in

Rodeo.

I updated the first post. Sorry about that!

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Posted: June 03 2007 at 2:48pm | IP Logged Quote Helen

Now I want to cry... Billy the Kid really has that folk tune. I was right the first time!

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Our local Classical radio station produces short shows for children called "Classics For Kids." You can listen to the archived shows at the website. Here are some on Aaron Copland:
"Hoe-Down" from Rodeo
Fanfare For the Common Man
There are also pdf activity sheets for each show.

To hear full versions of some of Copeland's music, see the links below:
Appalachian Spring
Hoe Down from Rodeo

Be sure to check the main listing of showsfor other American composers. There are shows on George Gershwin and John Phillip Sousa, as well as some African-American artists.

Valerie

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Posted: June 09 2007 at 1:52pm | IP Logged Quote MaryM

Those are great links, Valerie. Thanks

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Posted: June 10 2007 at 5:05pm | IP Logged Quote Helen

vmalott wrote:
Our local Classical radio station produces short shows for children called "Classics For Kids."

Thanks Valerie
I love Classics for Kids!

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