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This is Bernstein's copy of the printed score to Copland's El Salón México. Copland wrote a simple dedication on the upper right-hand corner: "For Lenny. From Aaron. July 1939." [Used by permission of Boosey & Hawkes, Inc., Sole Publisher and Licensee.]





In El Salón México (1936), Copland returned to the jazzy style that he had explored in his Piano Concerto of ten years earlier. Bernstein heard the first performance of El Salón México in Boston in late 1938 and fell in love with the piece. This is the title page of Copland's manuscript score. [Used by permission of Boosey & Hawkes, Inc., Sole Publisher and Licensee.]




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Bernstein loved Copland's El Salón México, and soon after receiving a copy of the printed orchestral score, began a transcription for solo piano. Bernstein did not finish the transcription until 1941, when he was a student at the Curtis Institute of Music. This was Bernstein's first publication. In the upper left-hand corner of the title page, he writes to Helen Coates (formerly his piano teacher and later his secretary): "To Helen--My first published manuscript; even if only half-mine--with love, Lenny." [Used by permission of Boosey & Hawkes, Inc., Sole Publisher and Licensee.]





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