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Aaron Copland
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By his own account, Aaron Copland’s early years were veryunpromising for the development of a composer. His parents,both Russian immigrants, met in the United States and subsequently established their home in a Brooklyn neighborhood populated largely by other immigrant families. Aaron was increasingly drawn to music through his own discoveries at concerts; by the age of sixteen, he was vaguely aware that he wanted to compose. The strongest influence on his musical development was his departure for France in 1921, initially to study at the American Academy at Fountainbleau and later with the famous pedagogue Nadia Boulanger in Paris.