Music for the Common Man: Aaron Copland during the Depression and War

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Music for the Common Man: Aaron Copland during the Depression and War is the first sustained attempt to understand some of Copland's best known music in the context of leftwing social, political, and cultural currents of the Great Depression and Second World War.

In the 1930s Aaron Copland began to write in an accessible style he called "imposed simplicity." Works like El Salón México, Billy the Kid, Lincoln Portrait, and Appalachian Spring not only brought the composer unprecedented popular success but also came to define an American sound. Yet the political alignment behind this musical idiom--the social agenda that might be heard within these familiar pieces--has been largely overlooked, even though it has long been acknowledged that Copland subscribed to leftwing ideals.

His politics never merely accorded with mainstream New Deal liberalism or wartime patriotism, however, but advanced a progressive vision of American society and culture. His music from the thirties and forties relates to the politics of radical progressivism, which affirmed a fundamental sensitivity toward those less fortunate, support of multiethnic pluralism, belief in social democracy, and faith that America's past could be put in service of a better future. Investing symbols of America--whether the West, folk song, patriotism, or the people--with progressive social ideals, Copland's music wrestles with the political complexities and cultural contradictions of the era.

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Elizabeth Bergman Crist is Assistant Professor of Music, Princeton University, and co-editor (with Wayne Shirley) of The Selected Correspondence of Aaron Copland (Yale, 2006).

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"By neither taking Copland at his word nor accepting the traditional interpretations that discount or dismiss his political allegiances, Crist nuances what progressivism, the Popular Front, and communism meant and applies her findings to Copland's music from the 1930s and '40s. In doing so, she exposes the intimate relationship between the historical moment and the music, and refashions and enlarges our understanding of some of Copland's most beloved works and the man himself. Readers will wonder how we could have missed so much for so long."--Denise Von Glahn, Florida State University, author of The Sounds of Place: Music and the American Cultural Landscape, 2004 ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award winner


"Did the progressive movement in the U.S. find a musical voice in Aaron Copland's music? Elizabeth Crist gives us an answer in a book that increases our understanding of his music and its times. Written with the same directness, elegance, and economy that characterizes Copland's music during the depression and World War II, Music for the Common Man deftly employs close readings of several pieces of Copland's music to support Crist's broader cultural observations. In addressing the political perspective of Copland's work during his most famous compositional period, Crist brings together a diverse array of sources and generates a compelling work of music history and cultural studies."--Neil Lerner, Davidson College


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