This Day in Jewish History Jewish-American Composer's Signature Piece Premieres

'Appalachian Spring,' the third in Aaron Copland's 'Americana' ballet pieces, has become one of the most beloved and performed pieces in the American repertory.

On October 30, 1944, the ballet “Appalachian Spring,” choreographed by Martha Graham to music by Aaron Copland, premiered at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. Copland’s score, which won him the Pulitzer Prize the following year, also went on, in its various versions, to become one of the most beloved and performed pieces in the American repertory.