[Diamond, David. (1915–2005)] DeWolfe Howe, M.A.
The Boston Symphony Orchestra 1881–1931 - From the Collection of DAVID DIAMOND
Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Company. 1931.
History of the first fifty years of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, from the collection of American composer David Diamond and with his notes in the Appendix. Diamond has added check marks and annotations in pencil throughout Appendix B (pp. 183–229), the list of the BSO's repertoire. 272 pp. Hardcover, black cloth with gilt. Rather heavily rubbed with spine faded; internal toning; overall very good. 6 x 9 inches (15 x 22.5 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." Among his many close friends in the world of music were Aaron Copland and Leonard Bernstein.