Copland, Aaron. (1900–1990) [Diamond, David. (1915–2005)]
Our New Music: Leading Composers in Europe and America - Inscribed to David Diamond
New York / London: Whittlesey House. 1941.
The important American composer's introduction to the "new music" of the first half of the twentieth century, inscribed to younger composer David Diamond on the front free endpaper: "For David / with love / Aaron / Nov. '46." Blind-stamped with David Diamond's name on the title page. A few small scattered underlinings, question marks, and checks in pencil throughout in Diamond's hand. Laid in is a postcard advertising a broadcast of "Copland's America," addressed to David Diamond in 2001. Hardcover, beige cloth with dust jacket. Dust jacket clipped, slight losses to spine; in mylar. Some internal toning; overall very good. 6 x 8 inches (15 x 21 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." Among his many close friends in the world of music were Aaron Copland and Leonard Bernstein.