COPLAND, AARON. (1900-1990). American pianist and composer of several 20th-century masterpieces such as music for the ballets Billy the Kid, Rodeo, and Appalachian Spring. TLS. (“Aaron Copland”). 1p. Large 8vo. Peekskill, November 4, 1968. On his personal stationery. To Canadian pianist ANYA LAURENCE (?-2020).
“I was glad to know of your planned performance of my PASSACAGLIA at your piano recital.
The description of how you handle the fortissimo section on page 7 of the piece is in accord with my own understanding of how it should be done. I realized when I wrote it that it was not playable in the literal way in which it reads. It never occurred to me that it was possible to play it in any other way than the one you describe.