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Copland Connotations: Studies and Interviews


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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And finally Copland Connotations brings Copland himself into the picture by providing transcriptions of two previously unpublished interviews Copland gave to Peter Dickinson at Keele University in 1976.


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 understand of twentieth century American music and its reception. MUSIC & LETTERS


First Published: 08 Apr 2004
13 Digit ISBN: 9780851159027
1 black and white illustrations
Pages: 230
Size: 23.4 x 15.6
Binding: Hardback
Imprint: Boydell Press
BIC Class: AV

Details updated on 05 Oct 2015


  • 1  Copland and the 'Boulangerie'
  • 2  Copland and the 'Jazz Boys'
  • 3  Copland, the West and American Identity
  • 4  Copland and Music for Dance: Questioning Fundamental Assumptions
  • 5  Copland on Hollywood
  • 6  Aaron Copland and John Kirkpatrick: 'Dear John, can you help me out?'
  • 7  Copland, Gershwin and the American Landscape
  • 8  Copland, Ives and Gambling with the Future
  • 9  Speaking to Whom? Modernism, Middlebrow and Copland's Short Symphony
  • 10  Simple Gifts and Complex Accretions
  • 11  Expanding Horizons: Sexuality and the Re-zoning of The Tender Land
  • 12  Technique and Rhetoric in the Piano Fantasy
  • 13  Copland and the Broadway Sound
  • 14  Copland's Earlier British Connections