women out west

Women Out West are in Copland’s Rodeo

 Women out West: Rodeo. Copeland wrote  Rodeo in 1942 as a Ballet in One Act.  The Ballet Russe of Monte Carlo commissioned choreographer Agnes de Mille to collaborate with Aaron Copeland on the Rodeo project. I found a  score arranged for piano. The arrangement is copyrighted by the Aaron Copland Fund for Music. It was printed in 1962. It has six principle sections:

  1. First Episode: Buckaroo Holiday
  2. Transition
  3. Second Episode: Corral Nocturne
  4. Ranch House Party
  5. Third Episode: Saturday Night Waltz
  6. Fourth Episode: Hoe-Down
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Aaron Copland as subject of a Young People’s Concert, 1970.

Women Out West Had to Find Suitable Men!

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Agnes de Mille choreographed Copland’s Rodeo.


Basically, throughout the American southwest, the Saturday afternoon rodeo was a tradition. Usually, it was followed by an evening dance at the Ranch House. Copland’s Rodeo uses this basic western concept. As a matter of fact dating between the sexes  was problem confronting all American women since early pioneer times. The question has been how to get a suitable  man? Most likely, it is still a problem everywhere.

Women Out West Relished the Saturday Evening Dance.

On Saturday evening, after the Rodeo, social time was shared by dancing the square dance. The principle theme of Copland’s Hoe-Down in Rodeo uses a square dance tune called Bonypart. Of course this is a humorous reference to Napoleon Bonaparte.

Agnes de Mille describes the basic concept for choreography: “Throughout the American Southwest, the … dance was a tradition. On the remote ranches, as well as in trading centers and the towns, the “hands” get together to show off their skill in roping, riding, branding and throwing. Often, on the more isolated ranches, the rodeo is done for an audience that consisted only of a handful of fellow-workers and women-folk.  Any neighbors that attended often had to do an eighty mile or so run-over to witness the event.”

I, the blogger, also wrote a ballet called The Dance of the Zodiac. It also features the bull, as in the rodeo. Only it appears as the symbol of Taurus. Enjoy this internal link to my own ballet.

Scorpio Musicians Perform with Profound Emotions


Taurus give the ensemble its backbone.

Taurus as Relates to Musical Ability and Preferences

Taurus as Relates to Musical Ability and Preferences, I am trying to feature music, as it relates to the zodiac, as a part of my blogging. I am currently working on a book entitled Music Under the Zodiac. Its main thrust is a complete and new discovered musical therapy system by key signature. I know that nowadays any price is difficult  to afford. If you attend to my blogs regularly, of course whatever is there is free. You will at least have a taste of some of the chapters. It will sell for $2.99 when it becomes available.

Taurus     (April 21-May 20)

Portrait of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Taurus composer Tschaikovsky had solid orchestration and beautiful melodies.
Taurus: An Arch Genius Taurus Composer was Tschaikovsky

The Type of Music Preferred for Listening

 Listener:  This sign, in contrast to Aries, likes slower and melodic music. Keep in mind that while Aries is ruled by the dynamic planet, Mars; this next sign is ruled by the planet of beauty, Venus. Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet and the Overture of 1812 are two melodious selections that those born under this second sign of the zodiac would enjoy. In today’s vernacular it can be expressed as hard rock for Aries versus soft for Taurus. This “bullish” sign has great  inner resources. The music can be slower, but yet an added firmness gives interest to the pace.

Preferred Instruments and Performing Style of Taurus

Performer:  Because the ruling element of  this sign is earth, this person is the grounded rhythmic anchor of any group. Thus, Taurus does well in ensembles be it a band, with chamber music, a Broadway ensemble or of course, an orchestra.

In opposition to Aries, those born under this sign are usually not naturally a showmen. Rather, they provide the solid base on which a group may be built.  Instruments of interest for Taurus are the double bass, bass guitar, tuba, baritone, or bassoon- all “foundation instruments”. The melodic percussion section, like the xylophone or marimba, are also of interest. Of course you can add any instrument that is played with beautiful melody. Unlike Aries, this second sign of the zodiac  prefers to practice at a slower tempo. This is fine at first but, if the music specifies, increase your speed. For this purpose the metronome is helpful.


Edgar DegasL’Orchestre de L’Opera, (1868) Bassoons appeal to those born under this second zodiac sign of spring.  They are, what I call, a “foundation instrument”- the backbone of any group.

Taurus loves the lower fondation instruments like the bassoon
Bassoons are among the “foundation” instruments that appeal to those born under the zodiac sign of Taurus .This sign is the first “earth” sign”.

This sign can develop a fine technique.  By nature, they are diligent workers. Taurus has a spiritual inclination that draws him to fine arts. This is true of all people with Venus as their “ruling planet”. Happy Birthday!