Poulenc, Francis. (1899–1963) [Diamond, David. (1915–2005)]
Autograph Letter Signed to David Diamond
Autograph letter signed from the important French composer to American composer David Diamond. May 14, ; 1 p. Poulenc writes (translated from the French): "Thank you, dear Diamond, for the music which I received just before my departure for Spain. I've just [...] and it seems very moving. We will see with [Pierre] Bernac if we can't [...] What a joy to see you again this autumn. In expectation, I send you many affectionate thoughts. Francis Poulenc." Together with a clipped half-tone photograph of Poulenc. Folding creases; tape remnants to top edge and corners; small tear at the upper left. Overall very good. 8.5 x 10.75 inches (21.5 x 27.5 cm).
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."