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Simple Gifts

Simple Gifts

  

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Influences

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Despite their brief tenure as an active religious sect here in America, the Shakers had an impact on everything from music to furniture making to women’s rights. Aaron Copland, who used “Simple Gifts” in his Appalachian Spring piece, was a major figure in American music who influenced countless artists, musicians, and composers in numerous genres, from film and television to orchestral works to commercials.

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