Aaron Copland, a composer, was born in Brooklyn, New York, on November 14, 1900, to Jewish and Eastern European parents. Copland, the youngest of five brothers, developed a passion in the piano with the help of his older sister. Later, in Manhattan, he trained under Rubin Goldmark and frequently attended classical music performances. Copland chose to resume his studies in Fontainebleau, France, when he was 20 years old, where he studied with the renowned Nadia Boulanger. Aaron Copland went on to study piano and composition, as well as spend time in Europe. With extremely popular music that had a distinctive fusion of classical, folk, and jazz idioms, he became one of the century's leading composers. Fanfare for the Common Man, El Salon Mexico, and Appalachian Spring, for which he received the Pulitzer Prize, were among Copland's most well-known works. Copland, an Oscar-winning composer of film scores, died on December 2, 1990.
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