There aren't many orchestral composers more quintessentially American than Aaron Copland.
But what does that mean, anyway? Well, the guy used a lot of motifs that mimicked American folk styles for one, and second, he wrote a lot about American historical figures and places. However, this really helped establish the U.S. as a place that fostered the creation of art centered around its own themes and history, rather than just "ripping off" European styles.
Got any favorite composers who wrote about their country?
Steve Reich has always been one of my favorites among the modernists. His penchant for creating overlapping rhythms that sound like an artificial effect has always been a distinguishing factor in his music. Read more...