- Born in Brooklyn, New York (U.S.)
- His older sister taught him to play the piano.
- Most of his musical exposure was at Jewish weddings and other ceremonies.
- Began writing songs at the age of eight.
- Studied music in Paris for 3 years
- After returning to New York, he worked full-time as a composer, also giving lectures and writing articles and books about music.
- The last 30 years of his life, he did more conducting in the United States and the U.K., also recording albums.
- Some of his most well-known pieces have an “American sound.” They include Appalachian Spring, Billy the Kid, Fanfare for the Common Man, Rodeo, and Third Symphony.
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- Copland Poster (PDF)
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