Appalachian Homecoming

Date, Time & Location

Sunday, April 15, 2018
3:30pm (90 min. duration)

Commons Mall Performance Hall


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  • Adults: $15.00
  • Students/Seniors: $10.00
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Program Summary

Featuring Philip Palermo, Concertmaster — Columbus Symphony Orchestra

  • Sheldon — Appalachian Morning
  • Mendelssohn — Calm Sea & Prosperous Voyage
  • Mozart — Violin Concerto No. 2 in D, K. 211
  • Copland — Appalachian Spring Suite for Orchestra

Copland: Appalachian Spring

Program Note by Emily Jones

Aaron Copland was born on November 14th, 1900 in Brooklyn, New York. From a young age he learned piano from his older sister. At the age of 16 Copland went to Manhattan to study under Rubin Goldmark. As a young musician he exposed himself to many styles of music, but eventually found that he was most interested in the classical music of Europe. At the age of 20 Copland attended the Summer School of Music for American Students in Fountainebleau, France. While in France he was able to sell his first composition to a French publishing company. Copland believed jazz was a true American style of music. He enjoyed drawing jazz idioms into his music. In the late 1920’s Copland moved away from jazz and focused his work on trying to establish an audience for American classical music. In 1928 Copland joined with his friend Rodger Sessions to form the Copland-Sessions Concerts, showcasing the works of young composers.

Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring was commissioned by Martha Graham and Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge in 1942, asking for a ballet with “an American theme”. Copland did the majority of the composing in 1943-44. The ballet premiered on October 30th, 1944 at the Library of Congress. In 1945 conductor Artur Rodzinski commissioned Copland to convert the original 13 instrument chamber score into an orchestral suite. Copland cut 10 minutes from the original score preserving all the essential elements. This version of the piece contains 8 defined sections. The orchestral suite was first recorded in 1945 by Serge Koussevitzky and Boston Symphony Orchestra. In 1954 Eugene Ormandy asked for Copland to create an orchestra version of the original ballet. A 4th version was then published in 1972. Copland’s inspiration for the piece came from a book by Edward Deming Andrews. The piece did not have a title until until soon before the premiere. Copland originally referred to the piece as just a “Ballet for Martha”. Martha Graham suggested herself that the piece be titled Appalachian Spring, a phrase from Hart Crane’s poem “The Dance”:

O Appalachian Spring! I gained the ledge; /
Steep, inaccessible smile that eastward bends /
And northward reaches in that violet wedge /
Of Adirondacks! – Hart Crane