Item #38869 Autograph letter to American music critic Raymond Ericson regarding the composer's 11th Symphony. Roy HARRIS.

Autograph letter to American music critic Raymond Ericson regarding the composer's 11th Symphony

4ff. written on one side of the leaf only. Large octavo. Undated, but 1968. In dark green ink on stationery of the Pfister Hotel & Tower in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. With autograph envelope with no address, marked "Personal."

Harris accepts Ericson's criticism of his Symphony but apparently had no time to make revisions; he goes on to reflect on the importance of the reception of new works in New York City, etc.

"Yr astute observation that the ending (2nd half) became 'a touch monotonous' was well taken ... but there was no time either to make a judicious cut or to rehearse it." He wishes that Ercison could hear it again "in better proportion and pacing (& acuestics[!]." He goes on to say that "so much of one's place in the affairs of our nation rides on N.Y.C. reactions" and wishes that new works could be prepared "elsewhere in calmer, more leisurely circumstances affording more time under less pressures[!]."

Lightly creased at folds; envelope with small tears.

An American composer, "[Harris] was one of the most important figures in the establishment of an American symphonic music. His works reflect a broad historical and international frame of reference while also conveying a strongly nationalist stance through the influence of Anglo-American folk tunes and other materials relating to the American ethos. ...

... Possibly Harris’s most significant contribution to the symphonic literature was his exploration of the single-movement form. Four of his roughly thirteen symphonies (nos. 3, 7, 8, and 11) employ this design, most containing recurring melodic ideas that help create unity." Dan Stehman and Beth E. Levy in Grove Music Online.

Ericson (1915-1997) was an American music critic who wrote for The Chicago Tribune, Musical America, and then for The New York Times for 30 years.

Item #38869

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