Variations for Orchestra (1954-1955). [Score]. Elliott CARTER.

Variations for Orchestra (1954-1955). [Score]

New York: Associated Music Publishers [PN AMP-95818-150], [1957]. Octavo. Original publisher's wrappers printed in dark green. [i] (title, with contents), [ii] (list of orchestral instruments), 3-152 pp. Photographic reproduction of [?]copyist's manuscript, with some literals typeset. Publisher's catalog with works by Carter (the most recent being his Canonic Suite, 1957) to verso of lower wrapper.

Wrappers slightly browned and detached.

First Edition.

"Carter spent much time after the war editing Ives’s music; he now returned for inspiration to his boyhood musical enthusiasms and expanded his notion of the European tradition beyond the limits of Boulanger’s aesthetic... This pursuit led him to a systematic study of rhythm... Proportionally related tempos were not new. Stravinsky, for instance, used three tempos (M.M.72, 108 and 144) in a ratio of 2:3:4 in his Symphonies d’instruments à vent... Carter took the idea of a polyrhythmic format further in the Variations for Orchestra (1954–5), a work in which the traditional design of theme, variations, and finale is set against patterns of interruption and recurrence created by two ritornellos that reappear in evolving tempos." David Schiff and Mark R. Porcaro in Grove online. Item #25195

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