Stravinsky, Igor. (1882–1971) [Diamond, David. (1915–2005)]
Three Autograph Musical Quotations Signed with Photographs to DAVID DIAMOND
A remarkable composition of three autograph musical quotations from the important composer, penned in a circle around two clipped and mounted half-tone photographs, and signed and inscribed to American composer David Diamond. N.d. [August 1943]. Stravinsky has penned at the head: "To David Diamond—Greetings from" and at the foot: "Igor Stravinsky." Along the left edge, an autograph musical quotation of four measures in mixed meter from the first movement of the Concerto in E flat "Dumbarton Oaks" (1937–38); along the right edge, two further autograph musical quotations, one of two measures in 4/4 time and one of four measures in 2/4 time. On a sheet 5 x 8 inches (12.7 x 20.3 cm), tipped to a larger card mount of 6.5 x 9.75 inches (16.4 x 24.5 cm). Together with a sheet from the backing of an earlier framed presentation, which dates the inscription to August 1943. Light toning; upper photograph partially torn; otherwise fine overall.
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."