- Three Songs
- to texts by Aaron Schaffer
- voice and piano
- Year Composed
- World: Austin, TX, November 4th, 1986 (Darlene Wiley, David Garvey)
- Related Persons
- Aaron Schaffer (text author)
- Publishing Status
- Not Published **one or more member works are available in Four Early Songs (2000)
- Member Works
- Shares Members
As a young man, Copland had an intellectual friend, Aaron Schaffer, who was a poet. Copland set three of his poems to music: Night, A Summer Vacation, and My Heart is in the East. Among Copland's earliest pieces, these short songs are traditional in style with occasional touches of Debussy and Ravel, the "modern" music of the times. The fourth song in the grouping is a two-page setting of a poem by John Duncan, titled Alone. It was discovered in Copland's files by Vivian Perlis and premiered by Jan DeGaetani.
- Vivian Perlis
Copland wrote three songs to texts by Aaron Schaffer in 1918: “My Heart Is in the East,” “A Summer Vacation,” and “Night.” Separately, he wrote the song Alone (1922, text by E. P. Mathers). When celebrating the Copland centennial in 2000, Boosey & Hawkes decided to publish these previously unpublished works together, giving them the name Four Early Songs.
- My Heart is in the East (1918) (text by Aaron Schaffer) ARCO: Juvenilia J
- A Summer Vacation (1918) (text by Aaron Schaffer) ARCO: Juvenilia I
- Night (1918) (text by Aaron Schaffer) ARCO: Juvenilia K
- Alone (1922) (text translated from Arabic by Edward Powys Mathers) ARCO: 3-B
Note: "Alone" also exists in a version for voice, piano, and viola, as well as in a version for voice and orchestra. See: Alone (voice, piano, and viola) (1921) and Alone (arr. voice and orchestra) (1923).