Webinar recorded 8 November 2021
Truth, propaganda or aspiration? Frontier narratives in Copland and Graham’s Appalachian Spring
Nicholas Bochner and special guest Jessica Wilkinson from RMIT’s School of Media and Communication. discuss Aaron Copland's Appalachian Spring, the Martha Graham ballet for which it was composed, and the variety of historical, literary and musical sources that inspired them, providing students with ideas and techniques to develop their own unique compositions via text and/or musical score.
- Explore how Copland and Graham configure place and time through their respective contributions in Appalachian Spring
- Discuss and interrogate the relationship between art (music, dance, literature) and the development of a national mythology
- Examine the compositional techniques Copland employs to create his iconic “American sound”
- Learn how to draw from existing literary and musical texts to inspire new creative works.
Suitable for: High-ability Music, Dance, English and History secondary students from Government schools.