AARON COPLAND

(1900-90) American composer of concert and film music, as well as an accomplished pianist Instrumental in forging a distinctly American style of composition, he was widely known as “the dean of American composers.” Copland's music achieved a difficult balance between modern music and American folk styles.

Group of 3 items: Typed Letter Signed, 8vo on personalized printed stationery, Ossining, NY, Feb. 21, 1953; Typed Document Signed and initialed multiple times, 9 pp of which 4 are folio and 5 are 4to, Ossining, NY, October 31, 1952; Autograph Note Signed in pencil on 4to typed letter from a bank in Ossining, December 12, 1952.

The letters and document concern the house Copland purchased from William Hitchcock. Copland’s TLS reads in part, “Sorry about the fire insurance mix-up….” He then explains the reason for a “difference in money” and asks, “Does it boil down to when I made myself liable for the insurance on the house….” He signs, “Aaron.” He wrote the letter from his new home in Ossining. The other two items involve Copland’s purchase of his home. Copland’s note on the letter from William Yates, the president of “The Bank for Savings of Ossining,” reads, “I wrote Mr. Yates that I had turned his letter over to you.” He signs with initials, “A.C.” This letter contained the bank’s approval for the mortgage Copland had applied for. The document included is the “Contract of Sale” agreement between Copland and Hitchcock. Copland has signed the contract in full and initialed it 12 times.

Copland lived in Shady Lane Farm, his Ossining home until 1960 and composed his opera, “The Tender Land” there. Shortly after he moved in, Senator Joseph McCarthy accused him of being a Communist. Copland testified before the Senate Committee that he was never a member of the Communist Party. An engaging group of autographs on Copland’s personal life.

Item #2092

Price: $425.00

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