Stravinsky, Igor. (1882–1971) [Diamond, David. (1915–2005)]
Autograph Note Signed on a Visiting Card, with Photograph to DAVID DIAMOND
Autograph note signed from the important composer to the younger composer David Diamond, penned on a visiting card printed with Stravinsky's name and Hollywood address. February 7, 1962. Stravinsky writes: "Best greetings to David Diamond and deepest thanks for his letter and the NONET dedicated to me. I am here until the 15 of April—afterwards in concert-tours difficult to get me. Affectionately, I. Str." Laid down to a mat with a vintage color photograph of Stravinsky. Card 3.5 x 2 inches (9 x 5.5 cm), matted to an overall size of 6.25 x 12 inches.
From the collection of David Diamond, considered one of the preeminent American composers of his generation. He enjoyed wide success in the 1940's and 1950's, before the serial and modernist trends largely pushed him into the shadows. The New York Times described him as "part of what some considered a forgotten generation of great American symphonists, including Howard Hanson, Roy Harris, William Schuman, Walter Piston and Peter Mennin."