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Collection Aaron Copland Collection


"Fanfare for the Common Man" to "From Sorcery to Science" (8 works)

Fanfare for the Common Man
Form: Brass and percussion
Date: 1942
First performance: 12 March 1943. Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, cond. Eugene Goossens
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes
Date of publication: 1944
Timing: 2'
Notes: used as introduction to the finale of the Third Symphony
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Five Kings
Form: Incidental music for play
Date: 1939
Text: Shakespeare's chronicle plays, adapted by Orson Welles
First performance: 27 February 1939. Boston. Mercury Theter, dir. Orson Welles
Publisher: Unpublished
Notes: for five instruments
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Five sentimental melodies
Form: Piano
Date: 1926
Publisher: Unpublished as a suite
Publisher: Unpublished as a suite
Notes: "Blues no. 1" was published as Sentimental Melody (Slow Dance) "Blues no. 2" became the fourth of the Four piano blues
Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo
Form: Orchestra
Date: 1942
First performance: 28 May 1943. Boston Pops Orchestra, cond. Arthur Fiedler
Publisher: Hawkes & Son
Date of publication: 1946
Timing: 18'
Contents: I. Buckaroo Holiday II. Corral Nocturne III. Saturday Night Waltz IV. Hoe-Down
Notes: for further correspondence see the ballet Rodeo
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Four Early Songs
Principle medium: Song
Other medium: Piano
Date: 1918
Text: I.-III.: Aaron Schaffer. IV. E. Powys Mathers, from the Arabic
First performance: I.-III.: 9 November 1986. Austin, Texas. Darlene Wiley, voice; David Garvey, piano. IV. 4 December, 1985. New York. Jan DeGaetani, voice; Gilbert Kalish, piano
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes
Date of publication: 1989
Songs: I. Night II. A Summer Vacation III. My Heart is in the East IV. Alone
Four Motets
Form: Unaccompanied mixed chorus
Date: 1921
Text: "from Biblical sources"
First performance: Autumn 1924. Paris-American-Gargenville Chorus, cond. Melville Smith
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes
Date of publication: 1979
Timing: 13'
Contents: I. Help Us, O Lord II. Thou, O Jehovah, Abideth Forever III. Have Mercy on Us, O My Lord IV. Sing Ye Praises To Our King
Notes: the texts are credited as being from "Biblical sources," but it seems more likely that they are Copland's own texts in imitation of Old-Testament language. (The fourth word of the second text should, after all, be "abidest".)
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Four Piano Blues
Date: 1926-1948
First performance: 13 March 1950. New York. Leo Smit, paino
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes
Date of publication: 1949
Timing: 8'
Dedication: I. "For Leo Smit." II. "For Andor Foldes." III. "For William Kapell." IV. "For John Kirkpatrick."
Contents: I. Freely poetic II. Soft and languid III. Muted and sensuous IV. With bounce
Notes: the dates of the four pieces are 1947, 1934, 1948, and 1926 respectively. The second is a reworking of music from Hear Ye! Hear Ye!. The fourth was originally a part of the unpublished piano suite Five Sentimental Melodies
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From Sorcery to Science
Form: Incidental music
First performance: New York World's Fair, 1939. Pickup orchestra (conducted by Copland?); Lowell Thomas, narrator. First live performance: 2 February 1998. New York. Eos Orchestra, cond. Jonathan Sheffer
Publisher: Unpublished
Notes: performed as recorded music accompanying a puppet show by Remo Bufano