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University of Portland Portland Magazine 5000 N. Willamette Blvd Portland, OR 97203-5798 Non-Profit Organization U.S. Postage PAID Portland, OR Permit No. 188 Change service requested T H E U N I V E R S I T Y O F P O R T L A N D M A G A Z I N E W I N T E R 2 0 11 SCORE!!! Among the many thousands of riveting stimuli in the University’s Clark Library is a complete set of the scores of every composition ever committed by the superb American composer Aaron Copland (1900-1990), who visited The Bluff in 1975 to receive an honorary doctorate of fine arts; when he died he specified that the University receive the gift in his estate. Fascinating man, Copland: born Jewish in Brooklyn, played piano in dance bands as a teenager, wrote scores for films (notably Of Mice and Men and Our Town) and ballets (notably Billy the Kid and Appalachian Spring), composed the haunting Lincoln Portrait and Fanfare for the Common Man, and was by all accounts a gentle and witty soul who said that American character in his music meant “the optimistic tone, large canvases, a certain directness in expression of sentiment, and songfulness.” Hard to beat that for a fair estimate of who we are. Rest in peace, Aaron. To make a Campaign gift to the library or to the University’s many musical adventures, see THE MUSIC ISSUE

Portland Magazine, Winter 2011

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