INSCRIBED BY AARON COPLAND
COPLAND, Aaron. Symphony for Organ and Orchestra. Organ part edited and piano reduction of the Orchestra by Melville Smith. London: Boosey & Hawkes, circa 1962. Quarto, original printed wrappers; pp. 62. $500.
Later edition, piano-organ reduction, inscribed by Copland above his printed name on the first page of music, “For Stuart Wright, Aaron Copland.”
Composed for Copland’s teacher Nadia Boulanger for her 1925 American tour, Symphony for Organ and Orchestra established Copland as a major composer. “He cultivated his own ‘idea of the grandiose, of the dramatic and the tragic, which was expressed to a certain extent in the Organ Symphony… the deliberate Americanism and the grandiosity were characteristics that recurred in various guises and various combinations throughout his later works” (New Grove 4: 719).
Price stamp to front wrapper and title page. A fine inscribed copy.