[Puccini, Giacomo. (1858–1924)] Diamond, David. (1915–2005)
Group of Three Opera Scores from the Collection of David Diamond
Three opera scores by Puccini, from the collection of the American composer David Diamond, and each with his blind stamp to the title page. Included are the piano reduction scores to Gianni Schicchi (Milan: G. Ricordi, 1944; 180 pp.; dated Rome, January 1952 on the rear endpaper); La Fanciulla del West (Milan: G. Ricordi, 1944; 338 pp.; dated Rome, February 1952 on the rear endpaper; with a clipping laid in); and Suor Angelica (Milan: G. Ricordi, 1944; 96 pp.). All hardcover, red cloth boards with gilt lettering. Somewhat faded, overall fine. Each 8 x 10.5 inches (20.5 x 27 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.