SIGNED AND DATED BY AARON COPLAND
COPLAND, Aaron. An Outdoor Overture. Full Score. (New York): Boosey & Hawkes, circa 1965. 12mo, original printed wrappers; pp. 44. $500.
Hawkes Pocket Scores edition, signed and dated on the title page, "Aaron Copland / 1984"
Copland interrupted the composition of Billy the Kid to write this work for the school orchestra of the High School of Music and Art in New York city. The director requested "a single movement composition somewhere between five and ten minutes in length. I think it should be an overture or rhapsody, rather optimistic in tone, which would have a definite appeal to the adolescent youth of this country": as Copland notes, "the composition was an overture, about nine and a half minutes long, definitely optimistic in tone" (from the original Program Notes).