Bernstein, Leonard. (1918–1990) [Diamond, David. (1915–2005)]
Complete Works for Solo Piano - Signed LP to DAVID DIAMOND
Signed record of the important American composer's works for solo piano, inscribed to fellow composer David Diamond on the back of the sleeve. Bernstein has circled the title of his Four Anniversaries (1948), no. 3, which is dedicated to Diamond, and added: "With love / Lenny Bernstein." Recorded by pianist James Tocco, the album includes all of Bernstein's Anniversaries suites, as well as Touches, Moby Dyptich, Song without Words, and his transcription for piano of Copland's El Salon Mexico. Released on ProArte Digital, PAD 109 (1983). Some light edge wear and creases; overall fine. 12 x 12 inches (20.8 x 30.8 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.