Autograph letter signed "Aaron" to the Hungarian-born American pianist Andor Foldes (1913-1992). Aaron COPLAND.

Autograph letter signed "Aaron" to the Hungarian-born American pianist Andor Foldes (1913-1992)

1 page. Folio. Dated July 23, 1955. In dark blue ink.

Copland mentions that he is working on a new piece for piano, makes suggestions for the pianist's performance of the Sonata, and mentions his unwillingness to amend the cover:

"About separation of movements: there should be a distinct pause between movs [movements] I and II; I am also for a slight pause between II and III ... I'd like to oblige about the cover - but am unwilling to set up a precedent ... As consolation you may be glad to know I am at work on a new piece for piano - this time, a Fantasy ..."

Slightly worn; creased at folds. In very good condition overall.

"The Piano Fantasy (1957) is possibly Copland's most challenging work. It combines the monumentality of the Third Symphony with the brooding introspection of the Piano Variations, a formidable combination." Pollack: Aaron Copland, p. 481.

A leading composer of his generation, Copland is regarded as a quintessentially American composer, particularly noted for his compositions for ballet (Appalachian Spring, Billy the Kid, and Rodeo) and his Fanfare for the Common Man, evocative of the vastness of the American landscape and pioneer spirit of the country.

Foldes was a long-time piano pupil of Béla Bartók; he performed a number of Copland's works including the piano sonata and Four Piano Blues, dedicated to four of his pianist friends: Andor Foldes, Leo Smit, William Kapell, and John Kirkpatrick.

Item #32084

Price: $750.00  other currencies

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