INSCRIBED BY AARON COPLAND
COPLAND, Aaron. Duo for Flute and Piano. London et al.: Boosey & Hawkes, circa 1971. Folio, original wrappers, pp.21, 8. $500.
Early edition of this work for Piano and Flute, inscribed on the title page by Aaron Copland, "To Phillip / from / Aaron / Jan 11 '72."
"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). With the sheet music for the flute part laid in. The recipient of this copy was Phillip Ramey, a composer and writer who was also one of Copland's closest friends.