[Britten, Benjamin. (1913–1976)] [Leppard, Raymond. (1927–2019)]

"The Making of 'Peter Grimes. Facsimile of Benjamin Britten's Compositional Draft." - A Gift to Raymond Leppard on His 70th Birthday

Cambridge: The Boyden Press. 1996. First. The Making of "Peter Grimes:" I. Facsimile of Benjamin Britten's composition draft and II. Notes and Commentaries.  Facsimile issued on the occasion of  50th anniversary of the 1st production on June 7, 1945 by the Sadler's Wells Opera Company, with Notes and Commentaries by Paul Banks, Philip Brett, Benjamin Britten, Eric Crozier, Donald Mitchell, Peter Pears, Philip Reed, Rosamund Strode. Edited by Paul Banks. 2 vols, 4°, 241 facs, 251 pp. Housed in a gray slipcase. Together with a November, 1997 Typed Letter Signed from "Marion + Jeremy" and "Donald," presenting the volumes to Raymond Leppard on the occasion of his 70th birthday. Second volume spine label beginning to peel from cloth, else in very fine condition throughout.

The NY Times Obituary (10.22.19) describes Leppard as “a conductor who resuscitated moribund 17th-century operas in helping to nurture a major revival of interest in Baroque music, and who went on to a wider career as a guest conductor of major orchestras and the longtime music director of the Indianapolis Symphony….A prolific recording artist, he made more than 200 records, many of them with the English Chamber Orchestra, which he conducted starting in the early 1960s.”  (19672)

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