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The Welsh songbird flies over the Atlantic to pluck some American classics for her Collection.
America in the early 20th century was all about ‘promise’ – a land where anyone could realize his dreams. Aaron Copland, for example, was the shy and studious fifth child of Lithuanian Jewish immigrants who grew up above his father’s shop in Brooklyn. But by the 1940s, Copland’s success was global, thanks to his ballet scores that were about as American as you can get. Rodeo tells the story of a cowgirl who comes to realise the importance of femininity in her role. In it, Copland uses several American folk melodies, with which his 1942 audience would certainly have been familiar - including the Hoe Down based on the popular 'McLeod’s Reel'.
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