OTTO LUENING - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 04/10/1978 - HFSID 201510
Sale Price $144.00
The composer insists on proof that his correspondent really appreciates his music before sending an AQS.
Typed Letter signed: "Otto Luening", 1 page, 5½x8½. New York, N. Y., 1978 April 10. On personal letterhead to Earl Collins, Austin, Texas. In full: "I see that I haven't answered your letter from last Fall. It's nice to know you are playing the flute; what do you play? Write me a note and tell me what you like about my First Symphonic Interlude; where and when you have heard it? You didn't by any chance just read the title in a book? Let me know this and I may have a quotation for you. Cordially".German-American composer and conductor Otto Luening (1900-1996), born in Milwaukee to German immigrants, moved to Munich in 1912 to study music, moving on to Switzerland during World War I. There he was also an actor and stage manager for James Joyce's English Players Company. He returned to the US in 1924, conducting operas in Chicago and at the Eastman School of Music. He premiered Virgil Thomson's The Mother of Us All, Gian Carlo Menotti's The Medium, and his own Evangeline. Later he pioneered tape and electronic music, introducing "Fantasy in Space" (flute recordings manipulated on electronic tape) at New York's Museum of Modern Art in 1952. With Vladimir Ussachevsky, he founded the Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center in 1958. Luening also set to music the words of many poets, including Wilde, Dickinson, Byron, Whitman, Blake Shelley and Goethe. ¼x1-inch missing from upper right edge. Normal mailing folds. Lightly creased. Otherwise, fine condition.
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