Details for scholars and history buffs:
Aaron Copland at typewriter, Palm Springs or San Diego, 1939-1940.
Collection: Aaron Copland Collection; Music Division, Library of Congress
Original format: 1 print: b&w; 2.5 x 2.5 in.
I don’t think this photo is under any copyright, but the collection contains this general language:
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Is it odd to find a composer working at a typewriter, and not a piano? Especially before 1990, music writers had much occasion to use the machines — for lyrics, for descriptions of their music and how the published version should look, and for correspondence — and, baby, do composers have correspondence! The brand on this machine I have not been able to determine; it’s a portable, I imagine, looking at the case to Copland’s left — the typewriter case.
Was Copland a hunt-and-peck typer? Looks like to me from this photo.
Did you notice the U.S. flag on the pole on the other side of the house?
I wonder what he was working on, in California, at that time.
- About Aaron Copland (wqxr.org)
- The Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson (1950). Aaron Copland /too-impetuous squirrel/ (rgable.typepad.com)
- Aaron Copland and “Appalachian Spring” (walkerhomeschoolblog.wordpress.com)
- Copland’s Cowboy Ballets (wqxr.org)
- Famous Aaron Copland Works (famous101.com)
- Aaron Copland talks about Film Music (cnmsarchive.wordpress.com)