Berg, Alban. (1885–1935) [Diamond, David. (1915–2005)]
Group of Three Opera Scores from the Collection of David Diamond
Group of three opera scores by Alban Berg, owned by the American composer David Diamond and all blind-stamped with Diamond's name to the title page. Included are: a piano score to Wozzeck (Wien: Universal Edition, 1931. [P. N.] 7382. 231 pp. Hardcover, quarter green leather with green cloth boards; very good. Dated Rome 1952 on the front free endpaper and with a few notes in Diamond's hand to the title and first pages); a piano score to Lulu (Wien: Universal Edition, 1936. [P. N.] 10745. 317 pp. Hardcover, quarter imitation leather with patterned paper boards; very good. Dated on a free rear endpaper: Florence, June 1953. With a review of Lulu at the Metropolitan Opera in 1977 laid in) and a piano score to Lulu, Act III (Wien: Universal Edition, 1978. [P. N.] 10745B. 528 pp. Softcover, very good. Dated Munich, July 20, 1983 on the inside back cover).
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.