“THE UNEXPRESSED FEELINGS OF DAILY LIVING”: THE RED PONY, INSCRIBED BY AARON COPLAND
COPLAND, Aaron. The Red Pony. Film Suite for Orchestra. London et al.: Boosey & Hawkes, circa 1956. 12mo, original printed wrappers; pp. 119. $500.
Hawkes Pocket Scores edition, inscribed on the title page, "Aaron Copland / 1983."
"Aaron Copland wrote the music for the film 'The Red Pony' in 1948, on the studio lot of Republic Pictures in the San Fernando Valley, California. The concert suite, completed during August of the same year, was prepared in response to a commission from Efrem Kurtz, who included it in his first programme as conductor of the Houston Symphony Orchestra on October 30, 1948. The following description of the suite has been prepared by the composer: 'Steinbeck's well-known tales is a series of vignettes concerning a ten-year-old boy called Jody, and his life in a California ranch setting… The kind of emotions that Steinbeck evokes in his story are basically musical ones, since they deal so much with the unexpressed feelings of daily living" (from the "Programme Note").