Copland was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and New York Music Critic's Circle Award for the ballet he wrote for Martha Graham, Appalachian Spring (1944), commissioned by the Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge Music Foundation at the Library of Congress.
January 24: Elected a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).
Received Music Critic's Circle Award for his Third Symphony (1944-46).
Again toured Latin America to lecture, perform, and conduct, under the sponsorship of the State Department.
Wrote Clarinet Concerto, commissioned by Benny Goodman and later choreographed by Jerome Robbins for the ballet Pied Piper (1951).
Won an Academy Award ("Oscar") for the music score to the film The Heiress (1949).
Finished composing Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson.
Appointed Charles Eliot Norton Professor of Poetics at Harvard University, where he delivered a series of six lectures (1951-52); he was the first American composer to receive this honor.
Published Music and Imagination, a book based on the Charles Eliot Norton lectures he had given at Harvard University.
May 26: Appeared before the Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC) of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Toured Latin America to lecture, perform, and conduct on a grant made possible by the Committee for Inter-American Artistic and Intellectual Relations.
April 2: Premiere of his full-length opera, The Tender Land, by the New York City Opera Company.
December 3: Elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Received Gold Medal in Music from the National Institute and American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Received first of many honorary Doctor of Music degrees, from Princeton University.
Published his fourth book, Copland on Music, which included reprints from previous publications as well as new material.
Set and cast for the first production of Appalachian Spring. Left to right: Martha Graham, Erick Hawkins, May O'Donnell, Merce Cunningham, the four followers. A posed picture rather than a still from the dance, 1944.
Music Division, Library of Congress.