New York... Boston: G. Schirmer [PN 29096], . Quarto. Full navy blue cloth with titling and initials "A.S." gilt to spine. 1f. (recto title, verso copyright), 1f. (synopsis of scenes), 1f. (recto cast, verso blank), 1f. (recto half-title, verso blank), -259, [i] (blank) pp.
With an autograph inscription by the composer to Alexander Smallens signed and dated "Chicago 12/12/19" in black ink to head of leaf preceding title.
With printed program except for the New York premiere laid down to front flyleaf; names of performers added in pencil to cast list. With occasional annotations regarding dynamics, etc., and some additional of notation, in lead and red pencil throughout.
From the collection of the conductor Alexander Smallens, with his decorative bookplate to front pastedown.
Slightly worn and soiled; slightly trimmed at upper edge, occasionally touching annotations; program excerpt with small tears and chips to left and right edges; portion of pp.15/16 lacking; several tears to lower portions of leaves repaired; small chip to blank margin of final leaf.
"At the end of his career, when younger composers eclipsed his reputation, de Koven composed two operas on libretti by Percy MacKaye, The Canterbury Pilgrims and Rip Van Winkle. Having seldom accommodated what he perceived of as a deterioration of musical taste, this autumnal metamorphosis reflects the composer’s search for an audience more closely attuned to his ideal." Orly Leah Krasner in Grove Music Online
Smallens (December 20, 1888/January 1, 1889 - 1972 ), noted Russian-born American conductor, studied at the New York Institute of Musical Art and, from 1909, at the Paris Conservatoire, returning to the USA as assistant conductor of the Boston Opera, 1911–14. After two years as conductor of Pavlova’s touring company, including a South American tour, he returned to become conductor of the Chicago Opera, 1919–23... His Chicago association began when he replaced Hasselmans as conductor for the première of De Koven’s Rip Van Winkle, and he also gave the première of Prokofiev’s The Love for Three Oranges at Chicago in 1921. He was musical director of the Philadelphia Civic Opera, 1924–31, where he gave the American premières of Strauss’s Feuersnot in 1927 and Ariadne auf Naxos in 1928, and was also assistant conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra, 1927–34. Later he moved towards a lighter repertory, conducting the première of Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess at Boston in 1935..." Bernard Jacobson in Grove Music Online. Item #29952
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