Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Appalachian Spring

Aaron Copland really captures the aural image of America in his famous "Appalachian Spring." You can almost here the open fields and endless possibilities in this pulitzer prize winning composition. It is a truly a masterpiece that beautiful weaves the simple shaker theme throughout the piece. Once and a while you can hear the influence of "Simple Gifts." There are exciting moments juxtaposed to sweet mellow movements. Copland opens the song with very simple chords, with a very simple melody placed on top. This leaves the listener with a very pastoral feeling to the music. I am particularly fond of the ending. The gorgeous flute line is very somber, almost sad. It is a very emotional piece, in my mind representing the simple cyclical progress of nature coupled with the pastoral beauty of the United States.

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