CD He Got Game: The Music of Aaron Copland (Motion Picture Soundtrack) (CD 391756),
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He Got Game: The Music of Aaron Copland (Motion Picture Soundtrack)


  • 1. John Henry, railroad ballad for orchestra or chamber orchestra
    2. Appalachian Spring, ballet for 13 instruments: Very Slowly
    3. Appalachian Spring, ballet for 13 instruments: Calm and flowing (Shaker melody: Simple Gifts)
    4. Appalachian Spring, ballet for 13 instruments: Moderato. Coda
    5. Rodeo, selections from the ballet (including "Four Dance Episodes"): Hoe-down
    6. Lincoln Portrait, for speaker & orchestra: without narration
    7. Music for the Theatre, suite for small orchestra: Interlude
    8. Fanfare for the Common Man, for brass & percussion (from Symphony No. 3)
    9. Dance Panels, ballet: Pas de Trois: Lento
    10. Letter from Home, for dance orchestra
    11. Music for Movies, suite for orchestra: Grover's Corner from "Our Town"
    12. Billy the Kid, orchestral suite from the ballet: The Open Prairie
    13. Billy the Kid, orchestral suite from the ballet: The Open Prairie Again
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 60593

  • Credits
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    When Spike Lee decided to score his basketball drama He Got Game with the music of Aaron Copland, it was an unusually bold move, even for an unusually bold director. Copland's music has always been associated with the American heartland. Just take a look at the track titles on the soundtrack: "The Open Prairie," "Appalachian Spring," "John Henry," "Lincoln Portrait," "Hoe-Down." Yes, Copland was a film composer, but for movies about rural or small-town white folks, like Of Mice and Men and Our Town. He Got Game is a movie about African-American basketball players growing up in the Coney Island projects. Of course, Lee is not the first person to connect Copland's music with sports. "Fanfare for the Common Man" has become as much of a sportscast clich as "I Believe I Can Fly" and Randy Newman's music for The Natural. In fact, Newman was clearly influenced by Copland, as plenty of other film composers for sports films have been as well. James Horner lifted chunks of Copland's "Grover's Corners" for his classic Field of Dreams score. Lee wanted to make the point that basketball is as quintessentially American as cowboys, Lincoln, and Copland himself. The opening sequence of the movie shows Americans shooting hoops across the country -- in the 'hood, in the 'burbs, in the Kansas cornfields. Lee's gamble pays off in that it gives He Got Game a sense of universality, underlining the essential humanity of its characters and their experience. But one can't help feeling that the music seems a little out of place. Yes, basketball is played all over America, and, yes, it is a distinctly American game. But it's connected to an entirely different stream of Americana. Copland is slow, grand, patient. Those adjectives describe baseball. By contrast, basketball is fast, confrontational, freewheeling. It seems more compatible with equally American genres like jazz, rock, or R&B. ~ Evan Cater

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