Aaron Copland, Nadia Boulanger, and the Making of an "American" Composer

Fauser, Annegret
December 2006
Musical Quarterly;Winter2006, Vol. 89 Issue 4, p524
Academic Journal
An essay is presented on the role played by Nadia Boulanger in molding Aaron Copland as an American composer. It offers an overview on how Boulanger have influenced the compositional development of Copland. It also discusses her role in shaping and sustaining Copland's concepts on national identity in music. It infers that the American identity of Copland was not immanent but constructed in dialogue with French culture and its understanding of the cultural practice of Americans.


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