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Aaron Copland: Music in the 20's (DVD Box Set)

Item# 1000008197


Aaron Copland: Music in the 20's (DVD Box Set)
Running Time: 348 minutes
Color: B&W
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only)

These 12 half-hour programs offer an insight into the seminal music of the 20th century by one of America's profound musical minds and, arguably, its most celebrated composer.

The lectures and the television series focus on the years commencing in 1921, when, as a young man, Copland journeyed to Paris. There he studied for three years with the legendary teacher Nadia Boulanger. Steeped within the seismic revolutionary 20's cultural upheaval that altered painting, literature, and music, Copland was energized by contacts with many of the personalities who were the substance of the changes.

He mixed with painters - Chagall, Picasso, Modigliani and with writers - James Joyce, Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway, Ezra Pound, and Andre Gide. But Copland was naturally enthralled and enlightened by the composers: especially Stravinsky, Schoenberg and their influences on Berg, Webern, and almost everyone else; by French composers, Satie, Poulenc, Milhaud, and Honegger; by fellow Americans, Virgil Thomson, Roy Harris, and Charles Ives; by European schools - Béla Bartok, Paul Hindemith, and Kurt Weill; by American jazz and its impact on Stravinsky and Milhaud among others.

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