Bernstein, Leonard. (1918–1990) [Diamond, David. (1915–2005)]
The Infinite Variety of Music - Inscribed to David Diamond
New York: Simon and Schuster. 1966.
Collection of essays and talks on music from the beloved composer and conductor, signed and inscribed on the front free endpaper to his friend, fellow composer David Diamond: "For DD with affection and warm wishes for a happy '67—Lenny / Xmas '66." Laid in is a telephone call slip dated February 19, 1968, asking Diamond to return Bernstein's call. 286 pp. Hardcover, red cloth with gilt lettering. Slightly rubbed; overall fine. 6.5 x 9.5 inches (16.5 x 24 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.