I wish I knew more about classical music, especially opera. I like reading Alex Ross’ essays in the New Yorker and his witty blog. I do have an eclectic, if basic, set of classical music CDs. But I don’t love classical music the way I love classic literature.
Except for Aaron Copland. He’s been on my mind and in my ears lately as Fanfare for the Common Man was one of the signature works for Gerald Ford’s funeral. Gerald Ford – the first president I can ever clearly remember. This afternoon I listened to part of Appalachian Spring, another work I love. I can actually pick out “Simple Gifts” on the piano if I concentrate. I’m not too fond of Martha Graham’s work, but I love what Copland was able to evoke. Enough to cheer me on this dreary day, anyway.