[Martenot, Maurice. (1898–1980)] Laurendau, Jean. (b. 1938) [Zukofsky, Paul. (1943–2017)]
Maurice Martenot, Luthier de l'Électronique - Inscribed to Paul Zukofsky
Montreal: Louise Courteau éditrice. 1990.
Biography of the French musician, inventor of the Ondes Martenot, by Canadian clarinetist and ondist Jean Laurendau. Signed and inscribed by the author to violinist Paul Zukofsky on the half-title: "17-12-90 / To Paul Zukofsky, in remembrance of an enthusiastic Turangalîla, best wishes from Jean Laurendau." 312 pp. Softcover. Light shelf wear; overall fine. 6.75 x 9.75 inches (17.1 x 24.7 cm).
Loosely laid in are two photocopied articles, one on the Ondes Martenot and one on Messiaen's Turangalîla-Symphonie, which was performed by the Juilliard Symphony conducted by Paul Zukofsky with Jean Laurendau as soloist in December 1990.
American violinist and conductor Paul Zukofsky was known for his work in the field of contemporary music. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Zukofsky was the only child of the American Objectivist poet Louis Zukofsky and Celia Thaew Zukofsky, a musician and composer. He began performing at an early age and was soon drawn to modern music, especially to the possibilities of extended techniques on the violin. Over the course of his career, he collaborated with composers including Milton Babbitt, John Cage, Elliott Carter, George Crumb, Morton Feldman, Philip Glass, Peter Mennin, Krzysztof Penderecki, Roger Sessions, Charles Wuorinen, and Iannis Xenakis. He gave world premieres of concertos by Robert Sessions (for violin, cello and orchestra), Charles Wuorinen (for amplified violin and orchestra), Morton Feldman (for violin and orchestra), Phillip Glass, and the Scottish composer Iain Hamilton, among others.