SIGNED BY AARON COPLAND
COPLAND, Aaron. Preamble (For a Solemn Occasion). New York: Boosey & Hawkes, circa 1955. Folio, original self wrappers, pp.6. $350.
Early edition of this music for organ, signed by Aaron Copland on the first page of music.
"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).