Two Blue Mountain Ballads [Voice and piano]. Paul BOWLES.
WILLIAMS, Tennessee [Thomas Lanier] 1911-1983

Two Blue Mountain Ballads [Voice and piano]

New York: G. Schirmer [41467, 41468], 1946.

Small folio (300 x 230 mm). Original publisher's dark blue illustrated wrappers printed in white; publisher's advertisements to verso of lowers.

2 numbers:
Heavenly Grass. 5 pp.; Lonesome Man. 5 pp.

Slightly worn; small library handstamp to upper wrappers; minor dampstaining to Heavenly Grass.

First Edition, first issue of both numbers.

"Bowles's compositional style is witty, aphoristic and tuneful. He wrote almost exclusively in short forms that evoke, particularly in the solo piano works, American jazz and folk elements, Latin American dance rhythms and Spanish harmonies. His operas are constructed as series of separate songs, each of which is unfailingly idiomatic. His orchestral music, which tends to be at once concise and kaleidoscopic, employing collage-like juxtapositions, displays little thematic development. Despite his fame as a writer, Bowles always thought of himself primarily as a composer. Even though many of his compositions remained unpublished at the time of his death, his music enjoyed a renaissance during the final decade of his life, inspiring numerous recordings and performances." Irene Herrmann in Grove Music Online.

American playwright Tennessee Williams is considered to be one of the three most important 20th century dramatists, along with Eugene O'Neill and Arthur Miller.

Item #34097

Price: $100.00  other currencies

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