Folio (ca. 12.5" x 8-3/8", 318 x 213 mm.). Unbound. 3 pages. Notated in black ink on 12-stave music paper. With underlying text in another hand in red ink and several additional markings in red and blue pencil.
Together with the text of the four-stanza poem in the composer's autograph laid in. 1-1/3 pp. on both sides of a folio sheet. In blue ink, with 2-line "N.B." in red ink at foot of page 1.
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 to foot of final page of music: "Pour Aubrey Pankey avec mon sympathie et mon admiration Rio 12-8-42."
Slightly worn and browned; some small edge tears and chips, not affecting music.
Bosmans, born in Brussels, became a member of the Sociéte de Auteurs et Compositeurs of Paris in 1932. He settled in Brazil in 1940, became conductor of the Orquestra Sinfônica Brasileira and the Orquestra Pró-Musica in Rio de Janeiro, and taught at the Escola de Música Gerais.
Vandendries was a Belgian poet, literary critic, and song composer.
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 #31120
Price: $450.00 other currencies