3 ff., two quarto and one folio (on page blank). Folio and quarto. With 19-line typed addendum stapled to page 1 acknowledging Luening's membership in the American Composers Alliance and regarding performing rights, payments, etc., 88 x 216 mm.
Slightly worn; creased at folds; two file holes to upper margin.
Best known as a pioneer of electronic music, Otto Luening was an American composer, conductor, flutist, and teacher, as well as an ardent supporter of contemporary music. During his lengthy and prolific career, Luening produced more than 350 compositions in a variety of styles, mostly chamber music. Yet his experimental and electronic arrangements - comprising only a small fraction of his life's work - marked him as an innovator in the field. Although he never attained the fame of such composers as Aaron Copland, George Antheil, or Henry Cowell, music historians acknowledge Luening's substantial contribution to an American style of music unbound by European traditions. With the Russian-born composer Vladimir Ussachevsky, Luening presented the first American electronics concert at the Museum of Modern Art in New York on October 28, 1952. Also with Ussachevsky, Luening established the Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center - the first workshop of its kind in the United States - in Manhattan in 1960." Pytheas Center for Contemporary Music
The present work, scored for soprano, chorus, and piano (or organ) was composed in "about 1933," according to a manuscript note made by Luening on the contract, although the Pytheas Center dates it at 1931.
Price: $125.00 other currencies