What does Awesöme Orchestra have in common with beef commercials, Vegas fountain shows, and An American Tail: Fievel Goes West? Copland’s “Hoe-down” from Rodeo!
Let’s start with a brief bio of who Aaron Copland was. He was referred to by his peers as “the Dean of American Composers” and I think many people would still agree to that title today. He was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1900 to a family of Russian Jewish immigrants, although Copland himself was not particularly religious. By age 15 he had decided to become a composer, though apparently he’d been writing music since he was eight, and so he began taking formal composition lessons.