Autograph letter signed "Betsy" to noted music administrator and author Renée Levine [Packer]. Betsy born 1926 JOLAS.

Autograph letter signed "Betsy" to noted music administrator and author Renée Levine [Packer].

1 page. Small quarto, ca. 204 x 199 mm. No date. On ivory paper with "Meilleurs Voeux" printed to right margin. With original autograph envelope with sender and recipient's addresses in black ink to recto.

Jolas wishes Levine a happy New Year, and thanks her for arranging a performance of her Quatuor III and viola pieces for the Sequoia Quartet. She gives Levine further information about how the Quartet may obtain parts, and advises them to contact Henry Pillsbury, the noted director of the American Center, about concerts in Paris. She closes with good news about various family members.

"... Thank you so much for arranging this performance of my Quatuor III and viola pieces. For parts, the Sequoia Quartet should get in touch with Theodore Presser... (contact Eugene Moor). As for concerts in Europe, I mean in Paris, I suggest they make contact on my behalf with Henry Pilsbury[!] at the American Center... Also they might try, if they haven't already done so, the International Quartet Competition at Evian..."

Slightly worn and soiled; creased at central fold.

Since 1953, French composer Betsy Jolas "has accrued a host of prestigious awards and honours. She has also had a distinguished career as a teacher, much in demand as visiting professor in numerous American universities, and assisting and then succeeding Messiaen as professor of analysis (1975) and professor of composition (1978) at the Paris Conservatoire." Jeremy Thurlow 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." Oxford University Press online. Item #27113

Price: $100.00  other currencies

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