Simple Gifts from Appalachian Spring

by on January 9, 2011

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1 playingmusiconmars 01.09.11 at 5:36 pm

America can be very proud of its composers. Actually a lot of the great composers of the last fifty years are americans- think of Milton Babbitt, Elliott Carter, Steve Reich, Philip Glass, John Adams, Morton Feldman, William Schuman, Aaron Copland etc. etc
I know there is a lot of blind anti-americanism sometimes here in Europe. But most people with a functioning brain would never deny the impact americans had on serious culture.

2 coyotecrow4 01.09.11 at 6:08 pm

@auntbecky Pessimistic, but true… Sux donnit?

3 MrMusicman488 01.09.11 at 6:27 pm

@Windstorm 1000 no one person or race owns music, it just is.

4 Southernerstsax 01.09.11 at 7:10 pm

@Windstorm1000 You have to remember, as talented as our American composers were/are, your Beethovens and your Mozarts set the standards by which all music that followed them are compared to. Not saying that Copland can’t stand with them, but in the grand scheme of things, many people still consider the music of the Classical/Romantic period European composers to be superior to anything American. But we can always put a big smile on our faces when we hear something like that knowing it’s American

5 auntbecky 01.09.11 at 7:34 pm

@GHLIII The truth is we were never like that.

6 daemonxblaze 01.09.11 at 7:37 pm

@999gandalfthekid and beard

7 ELMAERICA 01.09.11 at 8:26 pm

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8 windstorm1000 01.09.11 at 8:57 pm

I love this piece–especially this part of it–as do many of you. When I hear this masterwork, it makes me really proud to be an American. But tell me you classical music lovers, why are so FEW classical American pieces played in concert halls these days? Why are we so dominated by Beethoven, Mozart and Bach when we have hundreds of works by our AMERICAN composers just waiting to be played? Why?

9 999gandalfthekid 01.09.11 at 9:34 pm

if only i was as awesome as aaron copland, then my life would be complete, full of harmony, love, and beauty

10 madscience_1 01.13.11 at 6:29 am

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