Aaron Copland, composer
An Outdoor Overture was one of the compositions that Copland
wrote for young people.
The director of the New York High School for Music and Arts suggested to
Copland that he write a piece that was "optimistic in tone" and "appealing
to the youth in this country."
The overture was written during the time Copland was also working on his
ballet, Billy the Kid.
An Outdoor Overture premiered at the High School for Music and Arts
in New York, December 16, 1938.