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Autographed first edition partitur folio score of his “Emblems” for concert band, 1977.  The score was printed in 1965.

 

Emblems, staple saddle stitched with paper wrapper.  Title page cover: 9.00/EMBLEMS/by/AARON COPLAND/FULL SCORE/BOOSEY and HAWKES) Verso of the title page contains Copland’s preface to the work, its’ genesis and an explanation of the work in four paragraphs. Page 1, first page of music; Commissioned by the College Band Directors National Association/ EMBLEMS/Aaron Copland/(1964), plate Q.M.B. 339, 58 pages of music including the end page. 

 

Copland was contacted by Keith Wilson, the President of the College Band Director’s Association by mail in May, 1963, with a commission to compose a work for band.  Copland writes in his preface on the score, that Wilson wrote in the letter, “The purpose of this commission is to enrich the band repertory with music that is representative of the composer’s best work, and not one that is written with all sorts of technical and practical limitations.”  Copland then goes on to say, “I began work on the piece the summer of 1964 and completed it in November of that year. It was first played at the CNDNA National Convention in Tempe, Arizona, on December 18, 1964, by the Trojan Band of the University of Southern California. Conducted by William Shaefer.

 

“Emblems” is an 11 minute long piece which is like many of Copland’s pieces both American in character and uniquely Copland.  The composer, who was both a creative genius and also shrewd owned his own copyrights, which was fairly unique in the music publishing business at that time.  Boosey and Hawkes knew they would make a return on his music without their standard purchase of the copyrights for 50 years.  Copland had not written a piece specific to concert band to this time and in the aggregate this was the only piece he wrote for that orchestration.  The orchestration itself is for a large concert band and a wide range of instruments including flutes, piccolo, oboes, E flat, B flat, alto, bass and contra bass clarinets, bassoons, alto, tenor and baritone saxophones, a large assortment of percussion instruments and timpani, B flat cornets, B flat trumpets, horns, trombones, baritone trombones, bass trombone and string bass.

 

Based on his description of the work in his autobiography, Aaron Copland, Music and Imagination, he states only accepted the commission as he was promised by Wilson he would receive an order immediately from 200 bands for scores and performance rights.  The work was widely performed at the time by both high school and college level concert bands and also well recorded on several occasions by the United States Marine Band, The President’s own and The United States Army Band, Pershing’s own.  It is still well represented today and recordings are widely available and also can be found on YouTube in both recorded and live video form. 

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