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25th Year of the Death of Aaron Copland

Besides last month being the 25th year of the death of conductor and composer Leonard Bernstein, next month is the 25th year of the death of the American composer and conductor Aaron Copland (1900-1990). Among other compositions, he was best known for his ballet Rodeo, the Lincoln Portrait and his Fanfare for the Common Man, which then became the source of material for the fourth movement of his 1946 Third Symphony, a symphony which Boston Symphony Orchestra conductor Serge Koussevitzky called the “greatest American symphony ever written” according to Copland biographer Howard Pollack. I much prefer the expanded version of the Fanfare in the Third Symphony than the short, original version. Among the several recordings of that Symphony, I have heard the Yoel Levi-Atlanta Symphony recording, which is superb.

Here is the fourth movement of Copland’s Third Symphony, performed by Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic. The uploader uses very striking imagery throughout the video. Also, it is not noted whether this recording is Bernstein’s 1966 or 1986 recording of this piece.

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