The American musical populism in the 1930s and 1940s- Aaron Copland’s project on democratisation of music

As America was undergoing a serious crisis at the time of Great Depression,many artists were influenced by political movements,which viewed modernism as elitist and focused on finding a way to redefine the language of art in order to express “the people”.Such an environment encouraged the rise of a movement called musical populism.Its main representative was Aaron Copland.He composed in a style described as “imposed simplicity” which is characterized by the combination of tradition and musical modernism.“Imposed simplicity” reflected Copland’s radical political agenda concerning democratization of music.His inner desire was not only to discover a modern music for the masses but to use musical education as a means to create democratic audiences.Given that in times of Coronavirus democracy is in severe crisis,I support that democratization of music today may help to overcome the challenges posed either by authoritarian regimes or by liberal democracies that adopt authoritarian polices.