Aaron Copland (1900-1990) spent much of his mid-life traveling throughout the countries of Latin America by request of composers, such as Carlos Chávez, and the United States government as an ambassador for the Advisory Committee on Music. During this time, Copland began to connect with the people and music of the countries he visited. These relationships played a role in Copland’s compositional style, as he began to digress from the music he wrote in the earlier part of his career. The music he composed at this time featured idiomatic jazz rhythms and twelve-tone technique and some of his music also incorporated the sounds he heard on his travels throughout Latin America. El Salón México (1936), Danzón Cubano (1942), and the Clarinet Concerto (1949) are all works that encapsulate Copland’s visits to several Latin American Countries. They are representative of the people he met and of the music he heard. This project report will take a closer look at these three works and examine how Copland’s experiences throughout the Latin American countries are reflected in the music he composed at the time of his travels.
|Commitee:||Arnold, Jermie, Fruchtman, Aaron|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|Department:||Bob Cole Conservatory of Music|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 58/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Clarinet Concerto, Copland, Aaron, Danzon Cubano, El Salón México, Latin America|
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