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Enhance your patrons’ experience with notes that highlight the music’s humanity and illuminate its depth. Choose from our wide selection of pre-written pieces or commission custom notes that complement your concert story.

Program Notes & Synopses

Enhance your patrons’ experience with notes that highlight the music’s humanity and illuminate its depths.

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Copland: Music for the Theatre

Copland: Music for the Theatre

50.00

459 words
note by Chris Myers

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Excerpt:

The incorporation of jazz elements into classical music wasn’t entirely new—Stravinsky and Milhaud had made attempts, and Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue premiered in 1924— but Copland realized that this path might lead to the sound he sought. His opportunity to experiment and explore this approach came when Serge Koussevitzky arranged for the League of Composers to commission a piece from Copland.
 
The resulting Music for the Theatre was a five-movement suite exploring several different moods while trying very consciously to create a new national sound. “I was anxious to write a work that would immediately be recognized as American in character,” he later recalled. While no particular story or plot was involved, Copland said that he chose the title because “the music seemed to suggest a certain theatrical atmosphere.”

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