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another cold rainy day, but dreaming of Appalachian Spring

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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.
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On January 5th, 2007 06:11 am (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
I love Simple Gifts, too (though of course Copland didn't originally write it)--it was one of the first songs I taught to my son's school class. There's a lot of other Copland works that are just delicious.

JaneAnne
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On January 5th, 2007 07:18 pm (UTC), hatter_anon commented:
I know nothing about classical music, but I love listening to it every now and then. I have a friend who's an aficionado and always picks something nice for me.
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On January 5th, 2007 08:03 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
It's such a different world, plus it's hard for me to concentrate in the same way as for a book.
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On January 5th, 2007 08:57 pm (UTC), congogirl commented:
Love both of them. I think we played both in my audition-only high school group (i.e., they sounded good, not like school band!). They are not classical though, per se - aren't they too modern?
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On January 5th, 2007 09:05 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
I definitely agree about the modern part. But I guess "classical" is such a big category now that even Paul McCartney's new release is in there!
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On January 5th, 2007 09:08 pm (UTC), congogirl replied:
Yikes...
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On January 5th, 2007 09:12 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
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