Autograph letter signed to music critic Lawrence Gilman
1 page. Folio. Signed in full. On letterhead with printed address of "One Lexington Avenue, Gramercy Park, New York." Undated, but 1936.
Harris is sending program notes (most probably for his Prelude and Fugue to be performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra on February 28th and 29th 1936) to Gilman, and comments caustically on Gilman's favorable criticism of Harris's work.
Very slightly worn, browned, and creased.
"[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." Dan Stehman, revised by Beth E. Levy in Grove Music Online
Gilman (1878-1939) was an important American writer on music and music critic. "[His] criticism was rooted in the tradition that holds that music is ideally a vehicle for the expression of philosophical ideas: he was a champion of Wagner, the impressionists (especially Debussy and Loeffler) and MacDowell. Although he published no essays on the course of music after 1914 he remained a sympathetic and intelligent critic of later musical developments. Devotees of opera considered him to be particularly gifted in describing the individual styles of singers." Wayne D. Shirley in Grove Music Online.
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