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The best American composers
14. Aaron Copland
Aaron Copland was born in Brooklyn in 1900 to Lithuanian parents. Copland’s passion for European music lead him to the continent in his 20s, but he returned to the States inspired to become a full-time composer. Despite struggling through the Depression years, Copland finally found success with his soundtracks to Of Mice and Men and Our Town. Along with his good friend Leonard Bernstein (who he's pictured with) he tapped into a sense of North American identity through his ballet scores that include Billy The Kid and Rodeo, which established him as a serious voice in American music.