Folio (ca. 350 x 270 mm). Unbound. f. (title), 9, [i] (blank), pp. Notated in black ink on 16-stave music paper in a single accomplished hand throughout.
Signed and dated "Roger-Ducasse 1921" in blue ink to lower margin of p. 9. With minor autograph corrections in blue ink and pencil throughout.
"Le Soir," the first piece, is scored for chorus (3 female voices) and piano; the second, "Printemps," for piano, three sopranos and a contralto.
Some soiling and wear to outer pages and blank margins. Outer bifolium partially split along central fold. Several small knife cuts to initial leaves, slightly affecting one note of music.
- The same copyist's manuscript of the texts for "Soir" and "Printemps." Ca. 202 x 201 mm. In black ink on 1 page of a bifolium, hand-ruled in pencil. With some corrections in pencil. Slightly worn; somewhat creased.
- " 'Deux choeurs' pour voix égales Poésie de Max Hermant... " Another copyist's manuscript of the same work incorporating the composer's corrections.
Folio (ca. 343 x 272 mm). Unbound.  (title), 2-11, [i] (blank) pp. Notated in black ink in a single accomplished hand on 12-stave music paper with "Monarch Brand... Nr. 3–Carl Fischer, New York" printed to lower margin and "Did Mr. Sparth translate?" in pencil to upper margin of title. Slightly worn and soiled, heavier to outer leaves.
The Deux Choeurs pour voix égales was first published by Durand & Fils in 1921.
Roger-Ducasse "studied composition with Fauré, counterpoint with Gédalge, harmony with Pessard and piano with Charles-Auguste de Bériot... He was a founding member of the Société Musicale Indépendante (1909) along with Ravel, Vuillermoz and Koechlin. A friend of Debussy's, he gave an early of performance En blanc et noir with him in December 1916, and was with Chouchou (Debussy's daughter) when Debussy died." Barbara L. Kelly in Grove Music Online.
Walter Damrosch, the dedicatee, was a highly important figure in late 19th-early 20th century music in America. "He persuaded Andrew Carnegie to build Carnegie Hall... and brought Tchaikovsky to the USA for its opening in 1891. He presented the American premières of Tchaikovsky’s Fourth and Sixth symphonies, and those of works by Wagner, Mahler, and Elgar... he commissioned Gershwin’s piano concerto and conducted the première of his An American in Paris." H.E. Krehbiel et al in Grove Music Online.
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