Lunch with Copland, Brahms and Bach
This paper creates an imaginary luncheon conversation between Aaron Copland, Johannes Brahms and Johann Sebastian Bach to explain and compare their music.
# 101420 | 1,705 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2007 |
Published on Feb 25, 2008 in Music Studies (Classical and Baroque) , English (Creative Writing) , English (Comparison) , Music Studies (History)
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The paper relates that Copland based his music on a deep appreciation of the music of Brahms and Bach. The author points out that both Copland and Bach were enthralled by folk music as evidenced in Brahms' 'Hungarian Dances' and Copland's 'Billy the Kid'. The paper relates that, upon being asked by Brahms who influenced him, Bach remembers the deference that he held for the great organist Buxtehude; whereas, Beethoven and Robert Schumann strongly influenced Brahms. The author reveals that Brahms was a homosexual, Copland was a communist and Bach rebelled against the Calvinist Prince Leopold, his sponsor, by composing also such secular music as the 'Brandenburg Concertos'. The paper concludes that the music of all three men were revolutionary in their own way.
From the Paper:"Think of your Hungarian Dances. You were enthralled by the gypsy music that you heard, and it was evident in much of what you wrote. I also fell in love with folk music. I wrote 'Billy the Kid', which is indubitably folk, as well as 'Rodeo,' both of which are beloved. I'm not sure if you watch much television, but the hoedown from Rodeo is used in the 'Beef, it's What's for Dinner' commercial." "Speaking of beef, what is for lunch?" Johann interjected. "Do they have any mince pie?" "I'm not sure," Aaron replied, "but you might like a hamburger."
"As in Hamburg?" both Brahms and Bach asked.""
Sample of Sources Used:
- "Johann Sebastian Bach: a Detailed, Informative Biography." Baroque Composers and Musicians. Baroquemusic.com. 10 Jan. 2007 <http://www.baroquemusic.org/bqxjsbach.html>.
- MacDonald, Malcolm. Brahms. New York: Schirmer, 1990.
- Pollack, Howard. Aaron Copland: the Life and Work of an Uncommon Man. New York: Henry Holt, 1999.
- Terry, Charles Sanford. Bach: A Biography. London: Oxford University Press, 1950.
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