Variations On A Shaker Melody - One Piano/Four Hands
1 Piano, 4 Hands - Difficulty: medium
One Piano, Four Hands. Composed by Aaron Copland (1900-1990). Arranged by Bennett Lerner. BH Piano. 20th Century. Piano duet book. With introductory text. 12 pages. Boosey & Hawkes #M051250592. Published by Boosey & Hawkes (HL.48002548).
Item Number: HL.48002548
The Shaker tune is “Simple Gifts” which Copland chose from a book about the Shakers, which included a collection of Shaker melodies, compiled by Edward D. Andrews and published under the title “The Gift to be Simple.” This melody was first used by Copland in his ballet, “Appalachian Spring.” It was later included in the first volume of “Old American Songs” for voice and piano.