The Aaron Copland Collection ca. 1900-1990


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Aaron Copland Timeline: 1900-1990



Copland received the MacDowell Colony Medal from the Edward MacDowell Association for distinguished service in the field of music.

Began seven years (until 1968) as president of the Edward MacDowell Association.


Premiere of his composition Connotations, commissioned by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra for the opening of Philharmonic Hall (later Avery Fisher Hall) at Lincoln Center, New York.


Received the Medal of Freedom, the "highest civil honor conferred by the President of the United States for service in peacetime," from President Lyndon B. Johnson.


Wrote, conducted, and hosted a series of twelve television programs, Music in the 20s, for National Educational Television.


Composed Inscape, which was commissioned by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra to celebrate its 125th anniversary.


Published Music and Imagination, a book based on the Charles Eliot Norton lectures he had given at Harvard University.


Revised and enlarged his earlier book Our New Music and published it under a new title, The New Music: 1900-1960.


Awarded the Howland Memorial Medal by Yale University.


Vivian Perlis began interviewing Copland for an oral history project in American music at Yale University. The project became the foundation for their collaboration on Copland’s two-volume autobiography, Copland: 1900 through 1942, first published in 1984, and Copland: Since 1943, first published in 1989.