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Copland: Symphony No. 3

Aaron Copland
B. Nov. 14, 1900, Brooklyn, New York
D. Dec. 2, 1990, North Tarrytown, New York

Serge Koussevitzky and the Boston Symphony Orchestra premiered Copland’s Third Symphony in October 1946, a year after the end of World War II. In his autobiography Copland avoided giving a program, but called the work “a wartime piece – or, more accurately, an end-of-war piece – intended to reflect the euphoric spirit of the country at the time.” Though this characterization is accurate, the narrative path traced in the 40 minutes of this symphony suggests that this euphoria is achieved only after private reflection and collective struggle. READ MORE

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