HOWARD HAROLD HANSON - AUTOGRAPH 05/12/1957 - HFSID 19736
HOWARD HANSON Signature in black ink on a small card, dated by him in 1957 Signature: "Howard Hanson/May 12, 1957", 4x1½ card. Howard H. Hanson (1896-1981) was an American composer, conductor and music educator.
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Signature in black ink on a small card, dated by him in 1957
Signature: "Howard Hanson/May 12, 1957", 4x1½ card. Howard H. Hanson (1896-1981) was an American composer, conductor and music educator. He was awarded the Prix de Rome in 1921 for two works: "The California Forest Play," his first composition; and a symphonic poem, "Before the Dawn." His Symphony No. 1 ("Nordic") was first performed in 1923. His Symphony No. 2 ("the Romantic") was commissioned for the 50th anniversary of the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1930. (This symphony reached a new audience in 1979 on the soundtrack of the science fiction film Alien.) His opera, "Merry Mount," the first with an American composer and American librettist on an American theme, debuted at New York's Metropolitan Opera in 1943, receiving 50 curtain calls, still a record. Hanson's Symphony No. 4 ("Requiem") earned a Pulitzer in 1944. Another original composition, "Song of Democracy", inspired by the verse of Walt Whitman, was first performed at President Nixon's inaugural concert in 1969. Hanson headed the Eastman School of Music for 40 years (1924-1964). Pencil note (unknown hand) on verso. Fine condition.
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