INSCRIBED BY AARON COPLAND
COPLAND, Aaron. Old Poem. Boosey & Hawkes, circa 1985. Folio, original self wrappers, pp. 4. $350.
Later edition, inscribed on the first page of music by Aaron Copland, "To Pea — Fondly / Aaron C / 1987."
"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). This work was first published in 1923. The recipient of this copy was Phillip Ramey, a composer and writer who was also one of Copland's closest friends.