See media help. In , Copland was commissioned by conductor Artur Rodzinski to rearrange the ballet as an orchestral suite, preserving most of the music. Copland cut about 10 minutes from the original instrument score to make the suite. The present arrangement for symphony orchestra was made by the composer in the Spring of It is a condensed version of the ballet, retaining all essential features but omitting those sections in which the interest is primarily choreographic. Thus there are four versions of Appalachian Spring, dating from player complete , orchestral suite , orchestral complete and player suite.
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Copyright Renewed. Sole Publisher. All Rights Reserved. Printed in U. First printing Second printing with new engraving by Philip Rothman, Appalachian Spring was composed in as a ballet for Miss Martha Graham on a commission from the Elisabeth Sprague Coolidge Foundation.
The present version is scored for the original chamber ensemble of thirteen instruments. It is a condensed version of the ballet identical with the original suite derived from the ballet for symphony orchestra , which retains all essential features but omits those sections in which the interest is primarily choreographic. The composer authorizes for this version an increase in the number of string-players up to 8. The action of the ballet concerns "a pioneer celebration in spring around a newly-built farmhouse in the Pennsylvania hills in the early part of the last century.
The bride-to-be and the young farmer-husband enact the emotions, joyful and apprehensive, their new domestic partnership invites. An older neighbor suggests now and then the rocky confidence of experience. A revivalist and his followers remind the new householders of the strange and terrible aspects of human fate. At the end the couple are left quiet and strong in their new house.
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