In 1979, I was a freshman in the School of Music at Florida State University. We were excited to learn that Aaron Copland would be a visiting composer that spring. I played in the University Symphony as second oboist and we were excited when Mr. Copland attended our rehearsal at which we were preparing Appalachian Spring for a performance. He addressed the orchestra at rehearsal and then attended our performance of his piece. He also attended our performance of his opera The Tender Land and I was fortunate to be the oboist in the opera orchestra.
This photo was taken at a dinner in his honor by the music fraternity, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, held. He was so gracious to have our picture taken with him. There I am in the back!
Every now and then I pull this photo out to show my students and ask them “Do you know who this is?” Usually they say “no…” And, I tell them it’s Aaron Copland and they look at me in disbelief. It’s make happy to know how Mr. Copland’s music continues to inspire music lovers of all ages.
Every time I listen to his music, it makes me feel like I’m listening to American history unfolding. He really is one of my favorite composers.
I have performed Quiet City twice before. The first time was with piano and trumpet. The second, was with trumpet and wind ensemble. Next week, will be the first time I will have the opportunity to perform it with trumpet and strings, as Mr. Copland intended, and I couldn’t be more thrilled!
About the Author
Anita Juilianna has served as the English hornist and 2nd oboist for the Brevard Symphony Orchestra since 1996 and as librarian since 1999. She received her undergraduate degree in music from the Florida State University College of Music in 1985. She has played for the Brevard Symphony Orchestra, the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, the Villages Community Orchestra, the Albany (Ga.) Symphony Orchestra, the Walt Disney World Candlelight Processional Orchestra and various contract orchestras throughout the Central Florida area. Continue Reading…