Aaron Copland

Great Piano Player and Composer

Early Life

Copland was born on November 14, 1900 in Brooklyn, New York. Growing up he worked in his parent's shop but always listened to music when he was done. His mom and his siblings got him interested with music, especially the piano. His mother was a great pianist and singer but it was his sister who gave him lessons. By age 11, he had devised an opera scenario called, "Zenatello."

Music Life

After studying in Paris, Copland became a full time composer. He made music that helped people get through the hardships in American History such as the Great Depression. Most of his music revolved around the piano but also involved all the other instruments in an orchestra.

Famous Pieces

Copland's most famous pieces were Lincoln Portrait, Connotations, Rodeo, and Appalachian Springs.

Personal Life

Copland was know as a homosexual and never hid that from anyone. He is only known for loving five men. Copland is also known for supporting the Communist party but he denies it. No one knows if he really does or not. However, he was presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Lyndon Johnson in 1964.

Later Years

As Copland grew older he became more focused on conducting and composing. He resided in Cortlandt Manor, New York where later died from Alzheimer's and respiratory failure on December 2, 1990. He was 90 years old when he died.