Childhood, education, early compositions, teachers; Paris, 1921-24, studying composition with Nadia Boulanger; return to United States; League of Composers, assistance from Serge Koussevitsky, lecturing and teaching, MacDowell and Yaddo Colonies; Copland-Sessions Concerts, analysis of own compositions, discussion of methods, commissions; trips to Mexico, 1926-28; Norton Professorship at Harvard; Tanglewood and Boston Symphony, 1937-62; Hollywood, composition for films; problems of publication, choice of titles; dance compositions for Martha Graham, Eugene Loring, Agnes de Mille; Pulitzer Prize, 1945; radio music, recording contracts, McCarthy hearings; conducting at home and abroad from 1957; vocal works; vignettes of Roger Sessions, Leonard Bernstein, Igor Stravinsky, many other musicians and critics.
Interviewed by Vivian Perlis.
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