Music: Copland at 60

"In those days," Aaron Copland once said of his early studies, "music was like the inside of a great building that shut out the street noises." Later Copland was to do more than any other composer of his generation to open the doors of the concert hall to the noises of American life. He is the most played of U.S.-born composers and the most eloquent advocate of modern American music.

Celebrating his 60th birthday, Composer Copland last week mounted the podium at Carnegie Hall to lead the New York Philharmonic in two compositions—Symphonic Ode...

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