Folio. Unbound. A bifolium consisting of 4 pages in total:  (autograph inscription), - "India bella,"  "A la rorrorrito." Notated in ink on 12-stave music paper.
From the collection of the noted African-American baritone Aubrey Pankey (1905-1971), with an autograph inscription in the hand of the composer to him: "Para el célebre cantate Aubrey Pankey, estas dos canciones Peruana La Autora Debre 1942."
Very slightly worn and browned; some light blue staining to first page.
The Library of Congress records a setting for 5-part mixed unaccompanied voices published in 193[?].
Ayarza de Morales, an important figure in the history of Peruvian music, was a noted composer with a special interest in Peruvian Creole and popular music. She founded the National School of Lyric Art, going on to teach Peruvians including Lucrecia Sarria, Armando Villanueva, Alejandro Granda, Luis Alva, and Ernesto Palacio. "India Bella" is one of her best-known songs and remains part of the repertory.
Pankey "was an African-American baritone and noted Lieder singer... In 1956 he permanently emigrated to East Germany under the growing shadow of McCarthyism.. He studied at Neues Wiener Konservatorium in Vienna under Theo Lierhaemer.... A 1931 performance in Vienna drew the attention of the Austrian press... Josef Reitler wrote in the Neue Freie Presse, "He is the possessor of a musical soul, which in glowing manner is able to approach Schubert and Richard Strauss with a feeling and understanding worthy of a born German. Colorful expression is skillfully combined with a natural mellowness of voice." In the Wiener Allgemeine Zeitung Robert Konta wrote that he, "sings Schubert and Richard Strauss with an overwhelming intensity of feeling and forms them into great unforgettable experiences." going on to opine, "There are evidently black men who are messengers of culture at its greatest." Wikipedia. Pankey enjoyed many "firsts" including being the first American to sing in the People's Republic of China in 1956; the first African American to represent the U.S. as a goodwill ambassador to Latin America; and the first African-American to sing in Jerusalem. Item #31119
Price: $500.00 other currencies