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* {{Eagleland}}: Copland was fascinated with American folk music, and many of his most popular pieces reflect themes from American history. "Billy the Kid," "Appalachian Spring," "Rodeo," "Lincoln Portrait"....

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* {{Eagleland}}: Copland was fascinated with American folk music, and many of his most popular pieces reflect themes from American history. "Billy the Kid," "Appalachian Spring," "Rodeo," Kid" ,"Appalachian Spring", "Rodeo", "Lincoln Portrait"....



* LettingTheAirOutOfTheBand: At the climax of the ballet ''Rodeo'', the dancing grinds to a halt and Aaron Copland's hoedown music loses pitch like a record winding down as [[SheCleansUpNicely the tomboy reappears in a nice dress]].

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* LettingTheAirOutOfTheBand: At the climax of the ballet ''Rodeo'', the dancing grinds to a halt and Aaron Copland's hoedown the music loses pitch like a record winding down down, as [[SheCleansUpNicely the tomboy reappears in a nice dress]].



* RockMeAmadeus: An [[InvertedTrope inversion]]; Copland wrote pieces for classical orchestra that quoted American folk tunes.

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* RockMeAmadeus: An [[InvertedTrope inversion]]; {{Inverted|Trope}}; Copland wrote pieces for classical orchestra that quoted American folk tunes.


Because of Copland's Americana styles, right-wing politicians frequently use his music or a SuspiciouslySimilarSong version of his music in their campaign ads. Ironically, Copland was quite openly gay and left-wing, and for a time sympathetic to socialism.[[note]]He would eventually abandon this upon learning of the tyrannies of the Soviet Union, particularly against artists. [[/note]] Needless to say, UsefulNotes/JosephMcCarthy didn't like him very much and Copland was put on the Hollywood blacklist at the time.

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Because of Copland's Americana styles, right-wing politicians frequently use his music or a SuspiciouslySimilarSong version of his music in their campaign ads. Ironically, Copland was quite openly gay and left-wing, and for a time sympathetic to socialism.[[note]]He would eventually abandon abandoned this upon learning of the tyrannies of the Soviet Union, particularly against artists. [[/note]] Needless to say, UsefulNotes/JosephMcCarthy didn't like him very much and Copland was put on the Hollywood blacklist at the time.



** "Symphony for Organ and Orchestra", the timpani pounding out the work's motto theme in the final movement would be more impressive were they not overshadowed by the organ playing at full power.

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** "Symphony for Organ and Orchestra", Orchestra"[[note]]Copland later rewrote the organ part in the brass, added saxophone, and named it Symphony No. 1[[/note]], the timpani pounding out the work's motto theme in the final movement would be more impressive were they not overshadowed by the organ playing at full power.



* RockMeAmadeus: An {{inversion}}; Copland wrote pieces for classical orchestra that quoted American folk tunes.

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* RockMeAmadeus: An {{inversion}}; [[InvertedTrope inversion]]; Copland wrote pieces for classical orchestra that quoted American folk tunes.

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* TheEveryman: Got his own fanfare.


Aside from that well-known piece, Copland is most famous for his ballet music for ''Billy the Kid'', ''Appalachian Spring'', and ''Rodeo'' (especially the "Hoedown" movement from the latter, which you've almost certainly heard, either in a Western or in the background while someone told you what beef is for.)

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Aside from that well-known piece, Copland is most famous for his ballet music for ''Billy the Kid'', ''Appalachian Spring'', and ''Rodeo'' (especially the "Hoedown" movement from the latter, which you've almost certainly heard, either in a Western or in the background while someone told you what beef is for.)
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* {{Instrumentals}}: "Fanfare for the Common Man" is an instrumental piece.

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* {{Instrumentals}}: "Fanfare for the Common Man" is an instrumental piece.piece, as are most of Copland's compositions.


* DramaticTimpani: "Symphony for Organ and Orchestra", the timpani pounding out the work's motto theme in the final movement would be more impressive were they not overshadowed by the organ playing at full power.

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"Symphony for Organ and Orchestra", the timpani pounding out the work's motto theme in the final movement would be more impressive were they not overshadowed by the organ playing at full power.


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** "Fanfare for the Common Man" begins with thunderous beats on the timpani and gong. As does his Third Symphony, which quotes the piece in the fourth movement.


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* {{Fanfare}}: Notably, written not for royals but for the Common Man.


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* OrchestralVersion: "Appalachian Spring" was originally composed for a small theater orchestra of just 12 instruments. Copland later arranged a suite for full symphony orchestra that became the best-known version.
* RefrainFromAssuming: "Appalachian Spring" was not given its title by choreographer Martha Graham until after Copland had finished composing the music. Consequently, he was amused when many listeners told him "You really captured the beauty of the Appalachians!" or "I can hear Spring in your music!"
* RockMeAmadeus: An {{inversion}}; Copland wrote pieces for classical orchestra that quoted American folk tunes.


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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Before settling on "Fanfare for the Common Man," Copland considered several alternate titles including "Fanfare for Soldiers," "Fanfare for Four Freedoms," and "Fanfare for a Solemn Ceremony."


[[caption-width-right:247: The common men may play their fanfare for him now...]]

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[[caption-width-right:247: The common men may play their fanfare for him now...now.]]



* UncommonTime: The "Mexican Dance" in Aaron Copland's ''Billy the Kid'' music is in 5/8, alternating with the occasional bar of 4/8.

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* UncommonTime: The "Mexican Dance" in Aaron Copland's the ''Billy the Kid'' music is in 5/8, alternating with the an occasional bar of 4/8.



* Music/EmersonLakeAndPalmer recorded ProgressiveRock versions of "Fanfare of the Common Man" and the "Hoedown" from ''Rodeo''.

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* Music/EmersonLakeAndPalmer recorded ProgressiveRock versions of "Fanfare of the Common Man" and the "Hoedown" from ''Rodeo''.



** Music/{{Weezer}}'s "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7e-HDRykUg The Greatest Man That Ever Lived]]", subtitled "Variations on a Shaker Hymn"—you guessed it.

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** Music/{{Weezer}}'s "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7e-HDRykUg The Greatest Man That Ever Lived]]", subtitled "Variations on a Shaker Hymn"—you Hymn" — you guessed it.



* Wrestling/TerryFunk: He used "Fanfare of the Common Man" as his introduction song.

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* Wrestling/TerryFunk: He used "Fanfare of for the Common Man" as his introduction song.


Copland actually began making music that attempted to emulate the foremost German composers of his time, until his teacher told him that he was trying too hard and that he should simply be himself (i.e. an American). And it worked.

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Copland actually began making music that attempted to emulate the foremost German composers of his time, until his teacher told him that he was trying too hard and that he should simply be himself (i.e. an American). And it worked.

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* {{Eagleland}}: Copland was fascinated with American folk music, and many of his most popular pieces reflect themes from American history. "Billy the Kid," "Appalachian Spring," "Rodeo," "Lincoln Portrait"....
* HeAlsoDid: Copland's best known music comes from the middle period of his career when he composed Americana, but in the early and late periods of his career he wrote many other significant pieces in a more AvantGardeMusic modernist style.


Hugely influenced by early modernist musicians, like Music/IgorStravinsky and Music/ClaudeDebussy, Copland in turn influenced such Hollywood composers as Music/ElmerBernstein (whose theme for ''Film/TheMagnificentSeven'' in particular is sometimes mistakenly credited to Copland).

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Hugely influenced by early modernist musicians, like Music/IgorStravinsky and Music/ClaudeDebussy, Copland in turn influenced such Hollywood composers as Music/ElmerBernstein (whose theme for ''Film/TheMagnificentSeven'' ''[[Film/TheMagnificentSeven1960 The Magnificent Seven]]'' in particular is sometimes mistakenly credited to Copland).


He also composed music for a few movies, including ''Literature/OfMiceAndMen'' (1939), ''Theatre/OurTown'' (1940), ''Literature/TheRedPony'' (1949) and ''Film/TheHeiress'' (1949; Academy Award winner for Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture).


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!!Aaron Copland film scores:

* ''Literature/OfMiceAndMen'' (1939)
* ''Theatre/OurTown'' (1940)
* ''Film/TheNorthStar'' (1943)
* ''Literature/TheRedPony'' (1949)
* ''Film/TheHeiress'' (1949; Academy Award winner for Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture).

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Copland also composed music for a few movies, including ''Literature/OfMiceAndMen'' (1939), ''Theatre/OurTown'' (1940), ''Literature/TheRedPony'' (1949) and ''Film/TheHeiress'' (1949; Academy Award winner for Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture).

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Copland He also composed music for a few movies, including ''Literature/OfMiceAndMen'' (1939), ''Theatre/OurTown'' (1940), ''Literature/TheRedPony'' (1949) and ''Film/TheHeiress'' (1949; Academy Award winner for Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture).


** In his ballet "Billy The Kid," the timpani are used to depict the sounds of a gun battle.
* {{Instrumentals}}: "Fanfare For The Common Man" is an instrumental piece.
* LettingTheAirOutOfTheBand: At the climax of the ballet "Rodeo", the dancing grinds to a halt and Aaron Copland's hoedown music loses pitch like a record winding down as [[SheCleansUpNicely the tomboy reappears in a nice dress]].

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** In his ballet "Billy The Kid," ''Billy the Kid'', the timpani are used to depict the sounds of a gun battle.
* {{Instrumentals}}: "Fanfare For The for the Common Man" is an instrumental piece.
* LettingTheAirOutOfTheBand: At the climax of the ballet "Rodeo", ''Rodeo'', the dancing grinds to a halt and Aaron Copland's hoedown music loses pitch like a record winding down as [[SheCleansUpNicely the tomboy reappears in a nice dress]].



* NamedAfterSomebodyFamous: His ballet "Billy The Kid" is named after [[UsefulNotes/BillyTheKid the notorious outlaw of the same name.]]
* StandardSnippet: The "Hoedown" from "Rodeo" is used a lot in westerns. His "Fanfare For The Common Man" is very popular for scenes of North America, particular panoramas, grand cityscapes, stadia and stadium events...and of course, is the go-to piece for heroes doing a slow-motion PowerWalk.

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* NamedAfterSomebodyFamous: His ballet "Billy The Kid" ''Billy the Kid'' is named after [[UsefulNotes/BillyTheKid the notorious outlaw of the same name.]]
* StandardSnippet: The "Hoedown" from "Rodeo" ''Rodeo'' is used a lot in westerns. His "Fanfare For The for the Common Man" is very popular for scenes of North America, particular panoramas, grand cityscapes, stadia and stadium events...and of course, is the go-to piece for heroes doing a slow-motion PowerWalk.



* TheWildWest: "Billy The Kid" and "Rodeo" fit this trope perfectly, evoking the atmosphere of the cowboy era.

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* TheWildWest: "Billy The Kid" ''Billy the Kid'' and "Rodeo" ''Rodeo'' fit this trope perfectly, evoking the atmosphere of the cowboy era.



* Music/EmersonLakeAndPalmer recorded a ProgressiveRock version of "Fanfare Of The Common Man".

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* Music/EmersonLakeAndPalmer recorded a ProgressiveRock version versions of "Fanfare Of The of the Common Man".Man" and the "Hoedown" from ''Rodeo''.



* Wrestling/TerryFunk: He used "Fanfare Of The Common Man" as his introduction song.

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* Wrestling/TerryFunk: He used "Fanfare Of The of the Common Man" as his introduction song.


* ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'' - its SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic theme bears a striking resemblance to a sped-up version the Copland masterpiece "Fanfare for the Common Man" melded with bits the Music/JohnWilliams theme from ''[[Film/{{Superman}} Superman: The Movie]]''. Given that the series was heavily influenced by the Creator/JohnByrne era Superman (Clark is the real person, Superman is his disguise, and Clark sees himself as a perfectly normal person who happens to have extraordinary powers), this probably wasn't unintentional.

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* ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'' - its SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic theme bears a striking resemblance to a sped-up version the Copland masterpiece of Copland's "Fanfare for the Common Man" melded with bits the Music/JohnWilliams theme from ''[[Film/{{Superman}} Superman: The Movie]]''. Given that the series was heavily influenced by the Creator/JohnByrne era Superman (Clark is the real person, Superman is his disguise, and Clark sees himself as a perfectly normal person who happens to have extraordinary powers), this probably wasn't unintentional.

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