COPLAND, AARON (1900-90)
American composer, composition teacher, writer, and later in his career a conductor of his own and other American music.
SIG – Vintage signature and dedication on a small card, accomplished in ballpoint pen. Professionally matted in slate gray board along with a handsome 5″x7″ black and white litho print image of the composer from an original by Canadian photographer Yousef Karsh. Further protected with Mylar cover. Overall dimensions: 10″x14.5″.
Copland was instrumental in forging a distinctly American style of composition, in his later years he was often referred to as the Dean of American Composers and is best known to the public for the works he wrote in the 1930s and 1940s in a deliberately accessible style often referred to as “populist” and which the composer labeled his “vernacular” style. Works in this vein include the ballets Appalachian Spring, Billy the Kid and Rodeo, his Fanfare for the Common Man and Third Symphony. The open, slowly changing harmonies of many of his works are archetypical of what many people consider to be the sound of American music, evoking the vast American landscape and pioneer spirit. In addition to his ballets and orchestral works, he produced music in many other genres including chamber music, vocal works, opera and film scores.