INSCRIBED BY AARON COPLAND
COPLAND, Aaron. Dance Symphony. New York: Boosey & Hawkes / Cos Cobb Press, circa 1968. 12mo, original wrappers, pp.87. $500.
Hawkes Pocket Scores edition, inscribed by Aaron Copland, "To P / My favorite sleeve-man / from A / Dec '68."
"Throughout his career, Copland was the guiding light of American music. Very few have served their art so unstintingly. Once, when speaking of Copland's music, Leonard Bernstein exclaimed, 'It's the best we've got, you know!' But Copland was more than 'the best we've got'—he touched greatness in many forms. A healthy amount of his invariably highly finished output will survive, representing his nation, more completely than that of any other composer" (Dubal, Essential Canon of Classical Music, 615). The recipient of this copy was Phillip Ramey, a composer and writer who was also one of Copland's closest friends. Ramey has over the years written hundreds of sleeve notes for classical music albums—thus Copland's "sleeve-man" comment.