[Bernstein, Leonard. (1918–1990)] Diamond, David. (1915–2005)
Original Photograph in Venice by David Diamond
An original doubleweight photograph of the important composer and conductor shown in semi-profile from below, taken by fellow composer David Diamond and with his raised stamp lower left, inscribed in blue ink to verso "Credit: Photo / David Diamond" and in pencil "Venezia 1954." 9 x 6.75 inches (23.3 x 17.5 cm). In very fine condition.
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, which he rejected, 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.
Bernstein's Serenade for Violin Solo, Strings, Harp, and Percussion, was premiered in 1954 in Venice, Italy with Isaac Stern as soloist. It was likely around this time that the present photograph was taken by Diamond.