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Hoedown Program Notes and sheet music

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Hoedown is a lively and energetic piece of music by Aaron Copland. It was composed in 1942 as part of his ballet Rodeo, and is one of Copland's most popular pieces.

The "Hoedown" movement was inspired by a recording of a Kentucky fiddler named Bill Stepp. Stepp was playing a traditional square dance tune called "Bonaparte's Retreat." Copland was so impressed by Stepp's playing that he decided to incorporate the tune into the "Hoedown" movement.

Hoedown is a surefire crowd-pleaser, and it is sure to get you moving. The piece is a celebration of American folk music, and it is a reminder of the country's rich musical heritage.

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