Autograph letter signed "IX" to the distinguished music administrator and author Renée Levine Packer. Iannis XENAKIS.

Autograph letter signed "IX" to the distinguished music administrator and author Renée Levine Packer

1 page. Oblong octavo, ca. 148 x 210 pp. Dated June 20, [19]76. With original autograph envelope with the Paris and Buffalo addresses of Xenakis and Packer to upper panel, postmarked Paris, June 21, 1976.

Xenakis very much enjoyed his recent trip to Buffalo, where he visited Niagara Falls with Packer. He thanks her for "the critiques," and asks her to give his love to the American composer Morton Feldman, Packer's fellow co-director of the Center of the Creative and Performing Arts at SUNY Buffalo.

"... I loved being with you and to know you better. After 13 years! Our trip also to the Niagara Falls, I won't forget it. So much sunshine with you. I miss you and I thank you... "

Slightly worn; creased at fold and slightly overall; envelope worn and with small tears.

Xenakis, a French composer of Greek parentage, "belonged to the pioneering generation of composers who revolutionized 20th-century music after World War II. With the ardour of an outsider to academic musical life, he was one of the first to replace traditional musical thinking with radical new concepts of sound composition. His musical language had a strong influence on many younger composers in and outside of Europe, but it remained singular for its uncompromising harshness and conceptual rigour." Peter Hoffmann in Grove Music Online.

"Born in France, raised in New York and Mexico City, Levine Packer worked with Lukas Foss and was co-director with Morton Feldman of the renowned contemporary music group in Buffalo, New York, and a director of the Contemporary Music Festival at the California Institute of the Arts. She was Director of the Inter-Arts program at the National Endowment for the Arts, the producer of Steve Reich and Beryl Korot's multimedia opera The Cave, and a dean at the Maryland Institute College of Art."

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