Copland: Quiet City (1940)
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New York: the best classical music
5. Copland: Quiet City (1940)
Copland’s composition for trumpet, cor anglais, and string orchestra was originally written as incidental music for a play by Irwin Shaw. Copland wanted to mirror the main character who abandons his religion and aspirations to pursue material success, marrying a rich socialite, and becoming the president of a department store. The man’s conscience however was troubled every time he heard the sound of his brother's trumpet playing.