The complete collection of Arma's songs for voice and piano, "Chants du Silence,"; with original lithographs by noted artists including Dufy, Matisse, Léger, Braque, Chagall, Picasso and Arp to upper wrappers. Paul ARMA.

The complete collection of Arma's songs for voice and piano, "Chants du Silence,"; with original lithographs by noted artists including Dufy, Matisse, Léger, Braque, Chagall, Picasso and Arp to upper wrappers

Paris: Au Ménestrel. 11 songs in total, all published in Paris in 1953 (except for A la jeunesse, published in 1945) and with striking illustrations in black and white to upper wrappers (except where noted). All signed by the artist in the stone.

- Chant du Désespéré... sur un texte de Charles Vildrac. [PN H31635]. 1f. (title), 2 pp. music. With cover lithograph by Raoul Dufy. No. 16 of 50 copies.

- Chant Funèbre pour un Guerrier... sur un texte de Claude Aveline. [PN H31642]. 1f. (title), 4 pp. music. With cover lithograph by Henri Matisse. Unnumbered.

- Civilisation...!... sur un texte de René Maran extrait de la Préface de "Batouala." [PN H31643]. 1f. (title), 7 pp. music. With cover lithograph by Fernand Léger. No. 16 of 50 copies.

- Confiance... sur un texte de Paul Eluard. [PN H31634]. 1f. (title), 2 pp. music. With cover lithograph by André Beaudin. No. 16 of 50 numbered copies of a total edition of 70.

- Depuis Toujours... sur un sonnet de Jean Cassou. [PN H31640]. 1f. (title), 12 pp. music. With cover lithograph by Georges Braque. No. 16 of 50 numbered copies of a total edition of 70.

- Fuero... sur un texte de Vercors. [PN H31636]. 1f. (title), 3 pp. music. With cover lithograph by Marc Chagall. No. 16 of 50 copies.

- A La Jeunesse... sur un texte de Romain Rolland extrait de "Jean Christophe" La nouvelle journée (Ode à la Musique). [PN H31633]. 1f. (title), 4 pp. music. With cover lithograph by Pablo Picasso. Unnumbered.

- Notre Entente... sur un texte de Marie Gevers extrait de "Brabançonnes à travers les arbres." [PN 31641]. 1f. (title), 3 pp. music. With cover lithograph by Edouard Pignon. No. 16 of 50 copies.

- Présent... sur un texte de Paul Claudel extrait de Connaissance de l'Est. [PN H31638]. 1f. (title), 3 pp. music. With cover lithograph by Maurice Estève. No. 16 of 50 copies.

- Le Roi avait besoin de Moi... sur un texte de Fanny Clar. [PN H31639]. 1f. (title), 6 pp. music. With cover lithograph by Antoni Clavé. No. 16 of 50 copies.

- Le Soleil ne se Montrait pas... sur un texte de C.F. Ramuz extrait de "Si le soleil ne revenait pas." [PN 31637]. 1f. (title), 6 pp. music. With cover lithograph in dark red by Léon Gischia. No. 16 of 50 copies.

Some very slight signs of wear, browning and spotting. In very good condition overall.

First Edition.

A French composer, pianist and ethnomusicologist of Hungarian birth, Arma studied the piano at the Budapest Academy of Music with Bartók. "[He] began his career as a member of the Budapest Piano Trio (1925–6). Between 1924 and 1930 he gave many recitals in Europe and the USA and lectured on contemporary music at American universities. He settled in Germany in 1931, and for a time he led the musical activities at the Dessau Bauhaus, lecturing on modern music and experimenting with electronic music produced on gramophone record... The advent of the Nazi regime in Germany forced his move to Paris, where he made his permanent home... From the 1950s he was associated with RTF musique concrète group... As a composer he is known chiefly for his experimental work." Vera Lampert in Grove Music Online

"Many artists have created covers expressly for the music of the composer and pianist Paul Arma (born Imre Weiosshaus in Budapest in 1905)... The texts, each by a contemporary author, reflect on the ravages and mindlessness of war, on justice, and on man's destiny. Arma's personal friendship with these artists resulted in this collaboration, and most of the drawings were inspired by the music itself." Fuld and Barulich: Harmonizing the Arts Original Graphic Designs for Printed Music by World-Famous Artists, in NOTES, the quarterly journal of the Music Library Association, Vol. 43 No. 2, December 1986, p. 261. Item #24643

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