SIGNED AND DATED BY AARON COPLAND
COPLAND, Aaron. The Tender Land. Suite from Opera. London et al.: Boosey & Hawkes, circa 1960. 12mo, original wrappers, pp.92. $500.
Hawkes Pocket Scores edition, signed and dated on the title page, "Aaron Copland / 1984."
Though he had written a school-play opera The Second Hurricane in 1936, Copland had not yet penned a full-scale opera. A Rodgers and Hammerstein commission, The Tender Land was first performed in a staging by Jerome Robbins in 1954. The full opera was first published in 1956. Copland composed the orchestral suite from 1957 to 1958, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra first performed it in 1958.