Aaron Copland

Copland's Cowboy Ballets

Copland's first cowboy ballet was Billy the Kid, about the notorious outlaw who lived in the American Southwest in the late 1800's. Then, choreographer (a choreographer is a person who invents dance moves) Agnes de Mille convinced Copland to write a second cowboy ballet -- Rodeo.

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Music In This Episode

Excerpts from Billy the Kid, including "Goodbye, Old Paint"

Excerpts from Rodeo, including "Buckaroo Holiday" and Hoedown"