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Aaron Copland

Copland born in Brooklyn, New York. Of Russian Jewish descent, he spent his childhood living above his parents' Brooklyn shop. Although his parents never encouraged or directly exposed him to music, at age fifteen he had already taken an interest in the subject and aspired to be a composer. His music education included time with Leopold Wolfsohn and Rubin Goldmark, also one of George Gershwin's teachers, and with Nadia Boulanger in Paris from 1921.

Upon his return from his studies in Paris, he decided that he wanted to write works that were 'American in character' and thus he chose jazz as the American idiom. His first significant work was the necromantic ballet Grohg which contributed thematic material to his later Dance Symphony. Other major works of his first (austere) period include the Short Symphony (1933), Music for Theater (1925) and Piano Variations (1939). This jazz inspired period was brief, however as his style evolved toward the goal of writing more accessible works.

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Aaron Copland : Old American Songs Complete : SATB : 01 Songbook : 884088549084 : 1617803928 : 48020988

Aaron Copland : Old American Songs Complete

Mixed voice arrangements by David Brunner, Irving Fine, Glenn Koponen, Gregory Rose, and R. Wilding-White collected for the first time in a complete edition. Includes the original notes on the songs.

Songlist: The Boatmen's Dance, The Dodger, Long Time Ago, Simple Gifts, I Bought Me a Cat, The Little Horses, Zion's Walls, The Golden Willow Tree, At the River, Ching-a-ring Chaw

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Voicing: SATB | 7558b | Songbook | $8.95


Aaron Copland : In The Beginning : SATB : Sheet Music : 073999752502 : 48002790

Aaron Copland : In The Beginning

With text from Genesis this is a very interesting and rewarding extended work for mixed chorus a cappella and features a solo for Mezzo-Soprano.

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Voicing: SATB | 9160b | Sheet Music | $14.50 | A Cappella


Aaron Copland : Four Motets for Mixed Voices : SATB : Sheet Music : 884088587659 : 1458410382 : 48021108

Aaron Copland : Four Motets for Mixed Voices

These four motets were composed in the fall of 1921 while Copland was studying with Nadia Boulanger in Paris. The four motets have remained unpublished until now. Writing to Copland about them in 1924, Boulanger tells the composer that "those motets sound in the voices in a stunning manner."

Songlist: Help Us, O Lord, Sing Ye Praises To Our King, Have Mercy On us, O My Lord, Though, O Jehovah, Abideth Forever

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Voicing: SATB | 9164b | Sheet Music | $7.50 | A Cappella


Aaron Copland : Las Agachadas - The Shake-down Song : SATB : Sheet Music : 073999894479 : 48002788

Aaron Copland : Las Agachadas - The Shake-down Song

Based on melody No. 202 in Kurt Schindler's collection: "Folk Music and Poetry of Spain and Portugal." The chorus is to be divided into two groups: The main choral body, and a conrasting smaller "Solo group" of approximately 3 or 4 voices to a part.

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Voicing: SATB | 9165b | Sheet Music | $5.95 | A Cappella


Aaron Copland : Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson : Solo : Songbook : 073999083736 : 1458424685 : 48008373

Aaron Copland : Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson

Contents: Nature, the gentlest mother - There came a wind like a bugle - Why do they shut me out of Heaven? - The world feels dusty - Heart, we will forget him - Dear March, come in! - Sleep is supposed to be - When they come back - I felt a funeral in my brain - I've heard an organ talk sometimes - Going to Heaven! - The Chariot.

Songlist: I'VE HEARD AN ORGAN TALK SOMETIMES, NATURE, THE GENTLEST MOTHER, THERE CAME A WIND LIKE A BUGLE, WHY DO THEY SHUT ME OUT OF HEAVEN?, WORLD FEELS DUSTY, THE, HEART, WE WILL FORGET HIM, DEAR MARCH, COME IN!, SLEEP IS SUPPOSED TO BE, WHEN THEY COME BACK, I FELT A FUNERAL IN MY BRAIN, CHARIOT, THE

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Voicing: Solo | 40257b | Songbook | $15.95 | Voice and Piano


Aaron Copland : Aaron Copland - Song Album : Solo : Songbook : 073999083859 : 48008385

Aaron Copland : Aaron Copland - Song Album

Contents: Laurie's Song (The Tender Land) - Pastorale - Poet's Song - Simple Gifts - Vocalise - Why Do They Shut Me out of Heaven.

Songlist: LAURIE'S SONG, SIMPLE GIFTS (COPLAND), PASTORALE, WHY DO THEY SHUT ME OUT OF HEAVEN?, VOCALISE, POET'S SONG

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Voicing: Solo | 40258b | Songbook | $15.95 | Voice and Piano


Aaron Copland : Old American Songs Complete : Solo : Songbook : 073999280685 : 161774011X : 48018783

Aaron Copland : Old American Songs Complete

The two sets of Old American Songs are beloved, standard vocal literature. This edition combines them in one publication, and also transposes them from the original Medium Voice keys both up for High Voice, and down for Low Voice. The original Medium Voice publications remain available.

Songlist: I Bought Me A Cat, Long Time Ago, Simple Gifts, The Boatmen's Dance, The Dodger, The Little Horses, Zion's Walls, The Golden Willow Tree, At The River, Ching-A-Ring Chaw

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Voicing: Solo | 40262b | Songbook | $17.95 | Voice and Piano


Aaron Copland : Aaron Copland: Old American Songs Complete : Solo : Songbook : 073999256147 : 1476817561 : 48018784

Aaron Copland : Aaron Copland: Old American Songs Complete

The two sets of Old American Songs are beloved, standard vocal literature. This edition combines them in one publication, and also transposes them from the original Medium Voice keys both up for High Voice, and down for Low Voice. The original Medium Voice publications remain available.

Songlist: I Bought Me A Cat, Long Time Ago, Simple Gifts (COPLAND), The Boatmen's Dance, The Dodger, The Little Horses, Zion's Walls, The Golden Willow Tree, Ching-A-Ring Chaw, At the River (COPLAND)

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Voicing: Solo | 40263b | Songbook | $17.95 | Voice and Piano


Aaron Copland : Art Songs and Arias : Solo : Songbook : 884088140236 : 1423452720 : 48019433

Aaron Copland : Art Songs and Arias

21 art songs, plus 4 arias in the High Voice volume, or 3 arias in the Medium/Low Voice volume. Art song contents for both High and Medium/Low Voice: Dirge in Woods - Old Poel - Pastorale - Poet's Song - Vocalise - Four Early Songs; Night - A Summer Vacation - My Heart Is in the East - Alone - Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson (complete; original keys retained for both High and Medium/Low). Arias in the High Voice edition: Laurie's Song (The Tender Land) - Martin's Song (The Tender Land) - The sun is coming up (The Tender Land) - Queenie's Song (The Second Hurricane) - Arias in the Medium/Low edition: Ma's Song (The Tender Land) - Fat's Song (The Second Hurricane) - Gyp's Song (The Second Hurricane).

Songlist: Alone, Dirge in Woods, Old Poem, Pastorale, Poet's Song, Vocalise, Night, A Summer Vacation, My Heart Is in the East, Nature, the gentlest mother, There came a wind like a bugle, Why do they shut me out of Heaven?, The world feels dusty, Heart, we will forget him, Dear March, come in!, Sleep is supposed to be, When they come back, I felt a funeral in my brain, I've heard an organ talk sometimes, Going to Heaven!, The Chariot, Laurie's Song from The Tender Land, Martin's Song from The Tender Land, The sun is coming up from The Tender Land, Queenie's Song from The Second Hurricane

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Voicing: Solo | 40264b | Songbook | $19.95 | Voice and Piano


Aaron Copland : Art Songs and Arias : Solo : Songbook : 884088140243 : 1423453328 : 48019434

Aaron Copland : Art Songs and Arias

This collection of 24 songs and arias draws on works that span the composer's lifetime, including his early experimental and mature Americana periods. Contents include: Four Early Songs, Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson, arias from The Tender Land and The Second Hurricane, and more.

Songlist: Alone, Dirge in Woods, Old Poem, Pastorale, Poet's Song, Vocalise, Night, A Summer Vacation, My Heart Is in the East, Nature, the gentlest mother, There came a wind like a bugle, Why do they shut me out of Heaven?, The world feels dusty, Heart, we will forget him, Dear March, come in!, Sleep is supposed to be, When they come back, I felt a funeral in my brain, I've heard an organ talk sometimes, Going to Heaven!, The Chariot, Ma's Song from The Tender Land, Fat's Song from The Second Hurricane, Gyp's Song from The Second Hurricane

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Voicing: Solo | 40265b | Songbook | $19.95 | Voice and Piano


Aaron Copland : Aaron Copland - Old American Songs Complete (High Voice) : Solo : Songbook & Online Audio : 884088349004 : 1423479939 : 48019953

Aaron Copland : Aaron Copland - Old American Songs Complete (High Voice)

The two sets of Old American Songs are beloved, standard vocal literature. This edition combines both sets in one publication, available for the first time with online recorded piano accompaniments.

Songlist: I Bought Me A Cat, Long Time Ago, Simple Gifts, The Boatmen's Dance, The Dodger, The Little Horses, Zion's Walls, The Golden Willow Tree, At The River, Ching-A-Ring Chaw

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Voicing: Solo | 40277b | Songbook & Online Audio | $22.95 | Voice and Piano


Aaron Copland : Aaron Copland - Old American Songs Complete (Medium Voice) : Solo : 01 Songbook & 1 CD : 884088349011 : 1423479912 : 48019954

Aaron Copland : Aaron Copland - Old American Songs Complete (Medium Voice)

The two sets of Old American Songs are beloved, standard vocal literature. This edition combines both sets in one publication, available for the first time with a CD of piano accompaniments.

Songlist: I Bought Me A Cat, Long Time Ago, Simple Gifts, The Boatmen's Dance, The Dodger, The Little Horses, Zion's Walls, The Golden Willow Tree, At The River, Ching-A-Ring Chaw

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Voicing: Solo | 40278b | Songbook & 1 CD | $22.95 | Voice and Piano


Aaron Copland : Aaron Copland - Old American Songs Complete (Low Voice) : Solo : 01 Songbook & 1 CD : 884088349028 : 1423480848 : 48019955

Aaron Copland : Aaron Copland - Old American Songs Complete (Low Voice)

The two sets of Old American Songs are beloved, standard vocal literature. This edition combines both sets in one publication, available for the first time with a CD of piano accompaniments.

Songlist: I Bought Me A Cat, Long Time Ago, Simple Gifts, The Boatmen's Dance, The Dodger, The Little Horses, Zion's Walls, The Golden Willow Tree, At The River, Ching-A-Ring Chaw

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Voicing: Solo | 40279b | Songbook & 1 CD | $22.95 | Voice and Piano


Aaron Copland : Old American Songs Complete : Solo : Songbook : 884088402709 : 1423480392 : 48020607

Aaron Copland : Old American Songs Complete

The two sets of Old American Songs are beloved, standard vocal literature. This edition combines the original Medium Voice sets in one publication. Transposed editions also available: (48018783 High Voice, $14.99 48018784 Low Voice, $14.99)

Songlist: Long Time Ago, Simple Gifts, The Boatmen's Dance, The Dodger, The Little Horses, Zion's Walls, The Golden Willow Tree, I Bought Me a Cat, At the River, Ching-a-ring Chaw

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Voicing: Solo | 40280b | Songbook | $17.95 | Voice and Piano


Individual Folios

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At the River : Unison : Aaron Copland : Songbook : 48004940 : 073999377194

Aaron Copland : At the River

Also available in SA (48003497), SSA (48003498), SATB (48003499) or TTBB (48003500).

Arranger: Aaron Copland

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Voicing: Unison | Sheet Music | $1.95 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 48004940


Choral Variations On Simple Gifts : SATB : David Conte : Aaron Copland : Sheet Music : 48024079 : 888680686482

David Conte : Choral Variations On Simple Gifts

This arrangement is an almost literal, note-for note adaptation of Aaron Copland's variations on the Shaker tune Simple Gifts as it appears in his orchestral suite Appalachian Spring (rehearsal numbers 55-67). The Variations have been arranged for SATB chorus and piano in a wonderfully singable and exciting setting. A perfect way to introduce your choir to Copland while your audiences enjoy this wonderful music.

Arranger: David Conte | Composer: Aaron Copland

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.50 |
48024079


Have Mercy On us, O My Lord : SATB : Aaron Copland : Aaron Copland : Sheet Music : 48003876 : 073999073669

Aaron Copland : Have Mercy On us, O My Lord

Composer: Aaron Copland

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.10 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 48003876


Help Us, O Lord : SATB : Aaron Copland : Aaron Copland : Sheet Music : 48003874 : 073999770025

Aaron Copland : Help Us, O Lord

These four motets were composed in the fall of 1921 while Copland was studying with Nadia Boulanger in Paris. The four motets have remained unpublished until now. Writing to Copland about them in 1924, Boulanger tells the composer that "those motets sound in the voices in a stunning manner."

Composer: Aaron Copland

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.95 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 48003874


I Bought Me a Cat : Unison : Aaron Copland : Sheet Music : 48004936 : 073999049367

Aaron Copland : I Bought Me a Cat

Orchestral accompaniment available on rental from Boosey & Hawkes.

Arranger: Aaron Copland

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Voicing: Unison | Sheet Music | $1.95 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 48004936


Lark : SATB : Aaron Copland : Aaron Copland : Sheet Music : 48023404 : 888680042707 : 1495008886

Aaron Copland : Lark

One of only three a cappella works by Copland, written in the late thirties, with a text by Genevieve Taggard, for SATB chorus and solo baritone.

Composer: Aaron Copland

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.50 |
48023404


Long Time Ago : Unison : Aaron Copland : Sheet Music : 48004934 : 073999696295

Aaron Copland : Long Time Ago

Also available in SSA (48003441) and SATB (48003225).

Arranger: Aaron Copland

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Voicing: Unison | Sheet Music | $1.95 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 48004934


Sing Ye Praises To Our King : SATB : Aaron Copland : Aaron Copland : Sheet Music : 48003877 : 073999085167

Aaron Copland : Sing Ye Praises To Our King

Composed in 1921 under while studying with Nadia Boulanger.

Composer: Aaron Copland

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.25 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 48003877


Stomp Your Foot : TTBB : Aaron Copland : Aaron Copland : Sheet Music : 48003318 : 073999456103

Aaron Copland : Stomp Your Foot

This popular piece makes a great closer for any college-level or advanced high school group!

Composer: Aaron Copland

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Voicing: TTBB | Sheet Music | $3.75 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 48003318


Stomp Your Foot (from The Tender Land) : SATB : Aaron Copland : Aaron Copland : Sheet Music : 48003283 : 073999568066

Aaron Copland : Stomp Your Foot (from The Tender Land)

This popular piece makes a great closer for any college-level or advanced high school group!

Composer: Aaron Copland

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $3.25 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 48003283


The Dodger (Campaign Song) : Unison : Aaron Copland : Sheet Music : 48004933 : 073999049336

Aaron Copland : The Dodger (Campaign Song)

Arranger: Aaron Copland

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Voicing: Unison | Sheet Music | $2.25 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 48004933


The Promise of Living : SATBB : Aaron Copland : Aaron Copland : Sheet Music : 48003284 : 073999862232

Aaron Copland : The Promise of Living

This incredibly moving piece would be an excellent closer to any program.

Composer: Aaron Copland

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Voicing: SATBB | Sheet Music | $3.25 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 48003284


Though, O Jehovah, Abideth Forever : SATB : Aaron Copland : Aaron Copland : Sheet Music : 48003875 : 073999175257

Aaron Copland : Though, O Jehovah, Abideth Forever

Composer: Aaron Copland

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.10 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 48003875


Zion's Walls : Unison : Aaron Copland : Sheet Music : 48004938 : 073999918410

Aaron Copland : Zion's Walls

Arranger: Aaron Copland

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Voicing: Unison | Sheet Music | $1.95 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 48004938

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