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    Aaron Copland: An American Romantic

    It is no exaggeration to state that there is no person more synonymous with the sound of American music than Aaron Copland. Much as Béla Bartók had done in Hungary and Tchaikovsky had done for Russia, Copland revolutionized the European Classical tradition through the lens of his own country’s national experiences, creating a uniquely American branch. 

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    Topics: Piano Concerto, Aaron Copland, Igor Stravinsky

    A Unique Recording on Authentic Instruments

    This unique recording on authentic instruments includes the rarely heard Viennese piano that was likely used in Mozart’s time. The piano’s sound can best be described as a cross between a harpsichord and a piano, sometimes with the sound of a harp also comes to mind, owing to the plucked sound of the strings. The exact pianoforte used for the recording is a copy of a fortepiano built by the Viennese piano maker Anton Walter around 1785. The unique sound comes from the wooden hammer heads; it was not until about 1800 that pianos received leather covered hammers in Vienna.

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    Topics: Piano Concerto, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Arthur Schoonderwoerd