Aaron Copland talks about Film Music

Between 1939 and 1949, the distinguished American composer Aaron Copland (1900-1990) composed five major film scores: OF MICE AND MEN, OUR TOWN, THE NORTH STAR, THE RED PONY, and THE HEIRESS. He also composed scores for two documentaries: THE CITY (New York World’s Fair, 1939) and THE CUMMINGTON STORY in 1943. His last film score was...

The Heiress

Aaron Copland's score for the Paramount film, THE HEIRESS, is basically music of an intimate nature. Its overall effect is that of a kind of quiet restful picture of the late Victorian period in which the story is set. Instrumentation tends to be sparce. It is not music of an over-dramatic quality. In fact this element is underplayed causing the music to assume a subordinating...