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The Copland Fund and Boosey & Hawkes present new editions of several of Aaron Copland’s best-loved scores, including restored music, alternate interpretations, and updated engravings that orchestras, musicologists, and fans will find valuable.

In time for Aaron Copland’s 120th birthday on November 14, 2020, The Copland Fund and Boosey & Hawkes present new editions of some of Aaron Copland’s most beloved orchestral scores, available now for orchestras to rent for performance. The new editions—including updated scores of Appalachian Spring, Symphony No. 3, the Clarinet Concerto, Rodeo, and more—feature brand new engravings of orchestral scores and parts, restorations of previously unpublished music, and additions of historically performed solos as ossias.

Read about the exciting updates for each piece below.

Appalachian Spring
All versions of Copland’s beloved work are now available in beautiful, newly engraved editions of orchestral scores and parts.

Ballet for thirteen instruments (1944)
Original version for ballet and chamber orchestra
Duration: 33'

Suite for thirteen instruments (1970)
Duration: 25'

Suite for full orchestra (1945)
Duration: 25'
Scoring: 2(II=picc).2.2.2-

Complete ballet for orchestra
Duration: 33'
Scoring: 2(II=picc).2.2.2-
This 2016 edition makes available for the first time a full orchestra version of the complete Appalachian Spring ballet. While the shorter orchestra suite continues to be a concert hall favorite, this new edition precisely aligns measure by measure with the original ballet music for 13 players, using a combination of Copland’s unpublished orchestrations plus orchestrations by composer-conductor David Newman to fill in the missing passages. The new edition makes it possible for orchestras to perform the entire ballet onstage with the famous original choreography by Martha Graham, for whom the ballet was written.

Third Symphony (1946)
Duration: 38'
Scoring: 3.picc.2.corA.2.Ebcl.bcl.2.dbn-

This new engraving restores 10 of the final 19 bars that were present in the first published edition of the work but were later cut from the finale on the recommendation of Leonard Bernstein (the cut version remains available as an alternate ending). The edition also corrects numerous errors in the 1966 version.

Clarinet Concerto (1948)
Duration: 18'
Scoring: harp-pft-strings
The new edition includes ossias from Copland’s 1948 manuscript edition, which Copland later rewrote at the request of Benny Goodman. The soloist may choose which passages to perform.

“I had written the last page too high, so it had to come down a step. Benny made a few other suggestions—one concerned a high note in the cadenza (I knew Benny could reach that high because I had listened to his recordings). He explained that although he could comfortably reach that high when playing jazz for an audience, he might not be able to if he had to read it from a score or for a recording. Therefore, we changed it.”
—Aaron Copland (from Copland Since 1943, Aaron Copland and Vivian Perlis)

Old American Songs
Duration: 24’
Scoring: 1(=picc).1.2.1-
Set 1: 1. The Boatmen's Dance 2. The Dodger 3. Long Time Ago 4. Simple Gifts 5. I bought me a Cat
Set 2: 1. The Little Horses 2. Zion's Walls 3. Golden Willow Tree 4. At the River 5. Ching-a-Ring Chaw
All 10 songs are now available for high, middle, and low voice with orchestra, to match previously published piano-vocal editions.

All of Copland’s ballets and their derivative suites available in new engravings:

Billy the Kid (1938)
Ballet for orchestra
Duration: 35'
Scoring: 2(II=picc).2.2.2-

Suite for orchestra
Duration: 22'
Scoring: 2(II=picc).2.2.2-

Rodeo (1942)
New edition available in 2021
Complete ballet
Duration: 24'
Scoring: 3(II,III=picc).2.corA.2.bcl.2-

Four Dance Episodes from “Rodeo”
Duration: 18'
Scoring: 3(II,III=picc).2.corA.2.bcl.2-

New engravings also available for:

Three Latin American Sketches (1959-72)
Duration: 10'

Eight Poems of Emily Dickinson (1958-70)
for voice and chamber orchestra
Duration: 20'
Music Text: Emily Dickinson (E)
Scoring: 1(=picc).1.1.Ebcl.1-

For more information, read the below articles by Philip Rothman, editor of the new Copland editions:
> On the Third Symphony
> On Three Latin American Sketches
> On Billy the Kid

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