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Lot 31: AMusQS from Copland's Twelve Poems of Emily Dickenson & Quotes from Composers Cowell and Carter
Presidential Letters, Free Franks & Speeches: Washington to Bush + Important Autographs in History, Science & the Arts
26 October 2016
New York, NY, USALive Auction
Description: AMusQS from the Premier of Copland’s Song Cycle Twelve Poems of Emily Dickenson with Additional Signatures and AMusQSs from Composers Henry Cowell and Elliott Carter********** COPLAND, AARON. (1900-1990). American pianist and composer of such 20th-century masterpieces as the ballets Billy the Kid, Rodeo and Appalachian Spring. Signed program. (“Aaron Copland”). 14pp. 8vo. New York, May 18, 1950. A program for Columbia University’s four-day Sixth Annual Festival of Contemporary American Music, signed by Copland with a two-measure AMusQS with the opening notes of “Nature, the Gentlest Mother,” the first of his song cycle Twelve Poems of Emily Dickenson that debuted with this program. ********** Trained in Paris, Copland, the first American to study with noted French composer, Nadia Boulanger, was also strongly influenced by the Russian-born, American composer Igor Stravinsky. ********** Our program is additionally signed by: American soprano BETHANY BEARDSLEE (b.1925; “Bethany Beardslee”) notable for her collaborations with Pierre Boulez, Igor Stravinsky and Milton Babbitt, who composed Philomel for her; Cellist and teacher CLAUS ADAM (1917-1983; “Claus Adam”), at the time a member of the New Music String Quartet; German-American violist and teacher WALTER TRAMPLER (1915-1997; “Walter Trampler”), cofounder of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and on the faculty of Julliard, the New England Conservatory and the Yale School of Music; American chamber music composer BEN WEBER (1916-1979; “Ben Weber”) who was among the first Americans to adopt the twelve-tone technique; American conductor IZLER SOLOMON (1910-1987; “With best regards, Izler Solomon”) known for his landmark recordings and leadership of Midwestern orchestras; highly lauded and influential American composer and teacher WILLIAM BERGSMA (1921-1994; “William Bergsma”); American composer, pianist, and writer on music HENRY COWELL (1897-1965; “Henry Cowell”), founder of New Music, a quarterly devoted solely to contemporary composition. With a two-measure AMusQS identified in his hand as being from his Symphony No. 5; Pulitzer Prize-winning American composer ELLIOTT CARTER (1908-2012; “Elliott Carter”), with an AMusQS of the opening notes of the violin part from his famous Holiday Overture. Carter, also a student of Nadia Boulanger, held numerous prestigious teaching positions, including at Columbia University. ********** Our program, which contains printed biographies of the composers, is lightly folded vertically with a paperclip impression. Inside, on an unsigned page, an unidentified individual has written “Watch the gal in pink in the middle row!” Nominal wear and in very good condition. Unusual and rare.