Bernstein, Leonard. (1918–1990)
"Jeremiah" Symphony no. 1 - Autograph Musical Quotation signed on his first Israel Tour
Large autograph musical quotation from the important conductor and composer, who has penned two measures of the first theme from his Symphony no. 1, "Jeremiah," signed, and dated Tel Aviv, April 5, 1947. 7.5 x 10.25 inches; 19 x 26 cm. Sheet slightly toned, else fine.
Bernstein's Symphony no. 1 was composed in 1942 and programmatically follows the Biblical story of the prophet Jeremiah. The work uses texts from the Book of Lamentations in Hebrew, sung by a mezzo-soprano. Premiered in 1944, it won a New York Music Critics' Circle Award. The symphony was one of the works Bernstein conducted on his first Israel tour in 1947, beginning a long association with Israel.