Lot 256
  • 256

Copland, Aaron.

8,000 - 10,000 GBP
9,375 GBP
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  • Autograph manuscript of part of "A Lincoln Portrait for speaker and orchestra", signed and dated ("Aaron Copland (1942)")

  • ink on paper
being the original first page of the short score, notated in black ink on four systems, each of three or four staves, with tempo and expression markings, the instruments unnamed, with erasures and alterations, 1 page, folio (c.36.5 x 26cms), 24-stave translucent paper, the verso unruled and blank, no place, 1942, some browning, small hole with a word excised, paper-loss to margins

Catalogue Note

Copland's "Lincoln Portrait" was by far the most often performed of his orchestral pieces.  The work incorporates spoken excerpts from Lincoln's speeches, and nineteenth-century American tunes, with Copland's own preludes and accompaniments.  Copland wrote: "The first section opens with a somber sound of violins and violas playing a dotted figure that turns into a melodic phrase by the eighth bar...my purpose was to draw a simple but expressive frame around the words of Lincoln himself".