Composer Aaron Copland was born in Brooklyn of Lithuanian Jewish descent, on November 14, 1900. Before emigrating from Russia to the United States, Copland's father, Harris Morris Copland, Anglicized his surname "Kaplan" to "Copland".
Aaron Copland biography
Aaron Copland Concerto For Clarinet And String Orchestra : Free Download & Streaming
Aaron Copland Concerto For Clarinet And String Orchestra : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive
If I had to name my choice of the greatest piece of classical music composed by an American, it would probably be Aaron Copland's (1900-1990) "Appalachian Spring." I was going to post one or two excerpts that I find especially lovely, but the whole piece is so beautiful that I decided it shouldn't be cut. Here is a very nice performance by an Australian youth orchestra.