Thomson, Virgil. (1896–1989) [Diamond, David. (1915–2005)]
American Music Since 1910 - Inscribed to David Diamond
New York / Chicago / San Francisco: Holt, Rinehart and Winston. 1971. First edition.
Work on American music from the composer and critic, inscribed and signed to composer David Diamond on the front free endpaper: "For David Diamond / warmly / Virgil T. / N.Y. 22 Feb. '71." 204 pp. A few scattered underlinings and small notes in Diamond's hand throughout and several notes from Diamond on the rear pastedown: "... I am mentioned en passant (p. 87), p. 135 I'm given a pat on the back / p. 77 J.C. [John Cage] put in his place ('narrow of mind, music emotionally shallow') but still given major space!" Hardcover, red cloth with dust jacket in mylar. Fine. 5.75 x 8.75 inches (14.5 x 22.3 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.