Ballade for Violoncello and Piano. [Score and violoncello part]. Michael RIESMAN, born 1940s.

Ballade for Violoncello and Piano. [Score and violoncello part]

[?Self-published], September 1969. Two volumes. Folio. Plain black spiral-bound boards. Score: 20 pp. Photographic reproduction of manuscript (most probably autograph) score notated on 12-stave printed music paper. Violoncello: 13, [i] (blank) pp., cut and pasted from the score and newly reproduced by Circle Blue Print Co., New York. Note to caption title: "commissioned by Robert Sylvester." Credits to upper right corner of first page: "Michael Riesman 1969." Note to lower right corner of last page of music: "W. Bratteboro, Vt. Sept. 1969."

Violoncello part marked up throughout, in two layers: beat count in red ink; fingering, bowing and articulation in pencil.

Browned at edges. Names of Michel Riesman and Robert Sylvester erased from first page of score, leaving small hole; names later restored in black ink.

Scarce. WorldCat (1 copy of the score only, at the Juilliard School).

Little is known about Michael Riesman's early years. He graduated from Mannes College in 1967 and obtained a PhD from Harvard in 1972, where he studied composition with Leon Kirchner, Roger Sessions, and Earl Kim. He has been a member of the Philip Glass Ensemble since 1974, arguably its most important one. Besides his work for Glass as a keyboardist, conductor, and arranger, Riesman has continued to compose sporadically, but his music remains unpublished. A few of his student compositions, including his graduation pieces, can be accessed at Harvard University and the Juilliard School. Item #25188

Price: $75.00  other currencies

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