Folio (12.5" x 9.25", 310 x 234 mm.). Prière du Roi négre, with text by Tristan Klingsor in French commencing "Cher mignon roi rose":  (autograph title in English dated Lima, December, 1942), -; Mélodia I, with text by Daniel Castañeda in Spanish commencing "Melancolía": -,  (blank) pp. Notated in black ink on 12-stave music paper with underlying text in red ink.
From the collection of the noted African-American baritone Aubrey Pankey (1905-1971), with an autograph inscription in the hand of the composer to foot of page 3: "pour le grand artiste Aubrey Pankey, avec ma bien cordiale sympathie Andrés Sas Lima Décembre 1942."
Slightly worn and browned; small edge tear to outer margins; spine and pp. 4 and 5 reinforced with tape; partially detached.
Sas, an important Peruvian composer, was born in Paris in 1900. He studied in Belgium but moved to Peru in ca. 1924 where he became a teacher at the National Academy of Music in Lima. His art songs are particularly notable; he occasionally incorporated elements of Peruvian folk music into his compositions.
Klingsor [Arthur Justin Léon Leclère] (1874-1966) was a French poet, musician, painter, and art critic, perhaps best-known for his association with Maurice Ravel, providing texts for the distinguished French composer's song cycle Shéhérazade, 1903. His poems also have been set by Koechlin, Hüe, and Migot. Sas's Prière du Roi négre is from Klingsor's "Poèmes du Brugnon," 1933.
Castañeda was a Mexican poet.
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 #31122
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