Midday Thoughts: Shulamit Ran, Aaron Copland, and Reflections on the Life of a Composer
Shulamit Ran and Aaron Copland are not obvious parallels, but after a recent musicology event and chance to learn more about Ran and her music, Jennifer DeLapp-Birkett finds more similarities between the two than one might …
Midday Thoughts: Lingering and Emerging Questions about Copland's Prelude for Piano Trio
Research often leads to new questions. This month, Jennifer DeLapp-Birkett takes us through new questions and possible answers from her summer research into Copland's Prelude for Piano Trio.
Midday Thoughts: Summer Break
We’ll be taking a break from our regular monthly series for the summer. In the meantime, enjoy one of our first Midday Thoughts on how Copland’s music has transcended genre boundaries for decades.
Midday Thoughts: Returning Next Month
We're taking a break this month but will return with a new Midday Thoughts in October. Read on for a recap of the series so far and a look at what's ahead.
Midday Thoughts: Copland Research at the Library of Congress
Ever wondered what it would be like to see Copland's manuscripts in-person at the Library of Congress? Join Jennifer DeLapp-Birkett as she recounts a recent visit.
Announcing Midday Thoughts
Join us for our new series, *Midday Thoughts: musings about, around, and related to Copland and his music,* featuring musicologist Jennifer DeLapp-Birkett.
Midday Thoughts: Crossover Copland
From jazz to the concert hall to the big screen and beyond, Copland easily crossed genre boundaries throughout his career. Even today, his music continues to reflect this crossover spirit through unexpected arrangements, …
Midday Thoughts: Nonet
Copland's lesser known *Nonet* is ripe for a modern comeback 60 years after its premiere performance. Musicologist Jennifer DeLapp-Birkett reflects on the work's history.
New Appalachian Spring Edition Wins Musicology Award
The 2020 MUSA Edition of *Appalachian Spring*, edited by Jennifer DeLapp-Birkett and Aaron Sherber, was awarded this year’s Claude V. Palisca Award from the American Musicological Society.
New MUSA Edition: Appalachian Spring
MUSA’s latest edition breathes new life into one of Copland’s most famous scores. Printed copies now available.
- Appalachian Spring (ballet in one act for full orchestra) (2016)
An orchestration of Copland’s 1944 ballet score to Appalachian Spring was completed in 2016, implementing the same forces used in the 1945 suite.
Alternates: Ballet for Martha, Appalachian Spring Complete Ballet for Full Orchestra, Appalachian Spring Ballet for Orchestra
- Selected Bibliographies
Select works written by and about Aaron Copland, compiled by Jennifer DeLapp-Birkett.