Performance Today®

with host Fred Child

: Appalachian Spring

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Aaron Copland Aaron Copland Collection

By any measure, Appalachian Spring by Aaron Copland is one of the great American works of art. But in 1944, Copland was paid 500 dollars for writing it. Not much for a future classic. But looking back, Copland said, "they needn't have worried about the amount. Five hundred dollars seemed like a lot to me in those days." On Friday's Performance Today, we'll hear the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra play 500 dollars worth of music by Aaron Copland.