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The Aaron Copland Centennial: NPR Archives

November 14, 2000 was Aaron Copland's 100th birthday and NPR celebrated with this website, pulling together a nice variety of resources on the composer, some created by NPR, and some by other organizations. As is to be expected from a 15-year-old website, a fair percentage of links no longer work, especially audio files from older NPR programs and links to Sony Classical's Discography. NPR provides an overview of Copland's life, written by Andy Trudeau, NPR's Executive Producer for Cultural Programming at that time. Some of the most viable resources linked to from the NPR site are those held in archives and libraries, for example, Library of Congress' Copland Collection, which offers thousands of photographs and documents, including annotated music. Duke University also holds a number of Copland resources, although not a specific Copland collection itself; instead a quick search reveals materials from other digitized archival collections, such as the William Gedney Photographs and Writings, with a dozen classy b&w images of Copland. Finally, the search function retrieves a number of newer programs from the NPR website, dating from 2011, 2009, 2013, etc. as well as a reference to the original, 11/14/2000 show: "NPR's Elizabeth Blair reports on composer Aaron Copland, who would have been 100 years old today."
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