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Program Notes

An Outdoor Overture


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.



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