Copland Connotations: Studies and Interviews

Copland Connotations: Studies and Interviews

H. Wiley Hitchcock [foreword]

Edited by Peter Dickinson


Boydell Press



A mine of information for both general and specialist readers about the life and work of one of America's greatest composers.
The contributors to Copland Connotations - both American and British - include the leading figures in Copland studies. Pre-eminent among these is Vivian Perlis, whose two-volume memoirs were written in collaboration with the composer himself; then Howard Pollack, whose substantial biography of Copland has been acclaimed; and also other established specialists in American music such as Stephen Banfield, William Brooks, Mark DeVoto, Peter Dickinson, David Schiff, Larry Starr and the distinguished analyst Arnold Whittall. Brilliant studies from young scholars are a special feature - Jessica Burr, Jennifer DeLapp, Sally Bick, Daniel E. Mathers and Marta Robertson. These all offer exciting new perspectives on Copland's work; unique reflections on his private life; and indicate the undoubted vitality of his appeal to future generations.
The British-based team of authors, along with Anthony Burton, David Nicholls and Bayan Northcott, engages in a lively open forum discussion covering many issues in connection with Copland and his work. And finally Copland Connotations brings Copland himself into the picture by providing transcriptions of two previously unpublished interviews Copland gave to Peter Dickinson at Keele University in 1976.

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April 2004
1 black and white illustrations
230 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
ISBN: 9780851159027
Format: Hardback
Boydell Press
BIC AVH, 1KB, 2AB, 3JJ, 4P
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Table of Contents

Copland and the 'Boulangerie' - Mark DeVoto
Copland and the 'Jazz Boys' - David Schiff
Copland, the West and American Identity - Jessica Burr
Copland and Music for Dance: Questioning Fundamental Assumptions - Marta Robertson
Copland on Hollywood - Sally Bick
Aaron Copland and John Kirkpatrick: 'Dear John, can you help me out?' - Vivian Perlis
Copland, Gershwin and the American Landscape - Howard Pollack
Copland, Ives and Gambling with the Future - Larry Starr
Speaking to Whom? Modernism, Middlebrow and Copland's Short Symphony - Jennifer DeLapp
Simple Gifts and Complex Accretions - William Brooks
Expanding Horizons: Sexuality and the Re-zoning of The Tender Land - Daniel E Mathers
Technique and Rhetoric in the Piano Fantasy - Arnold Whittall
Copland and the Broadway Sound - Stephen Banfield
Copland's Earlier British Connections - Peter Dickinson


These essays crystallize a revisionist moment centring on the Copland centenary year, and offer new insights into his great legacy. TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT
An essential addition to the Copland bibliography, as one would expect from a project masterminded by Peter Dickinson. DAVID THOMPSON, MUSIC & VISION
Peter Dickinson's collection is an important contribution not just to Copland studies, in which it will immediately become a central source, but to the study and understanding of twentieth century American music and its reception. MUSIC & LETTERS

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