The conversation with composer Aaron Copland took place at his home in Cortlandt, New York on 21 July 1980. In this conversation Aaron Copland speaks about many topics, including his ballet score for APPALACHIAN SPRING and his arrangements of the Shaker song, "Simple Gifts." Also discussed are his admiration for Leonard Bernstein, Natalie Boulanger, and Serge Koussevitsy. The interviewer was composer and musicologist, Roger Hall.
This interview with composer Virgil Thomson took place at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, Maryland on 18 April 1979. He speaks about film music in general and in particular his scores for two Depression Era documentary films for Pare Lorenz:
THE PLOW THAT BROKE THE PLAINS (1936) and THE RIVER (1937).
Thomson mentions his folk hymn arrangements,
especially RESIGNATION ("My Shepherd will supply my need"). He also discusses his music for the Robert Flaherty's documentary film LOUISIANA STORY (1948), for which he received the first Pulitzer Prize for a film score. In addition, Thomson also talks about his score for his only feature film, THE GODDESS (1957).The interviewer was composer and musicologist, Roger Hall.
Both these albums (AMRC 0005 and 0006 are included on this computer disc with additional information.
Interviews with two
20th Century Composers
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