[Bernstein, Leonard. (1918–1990)] [Weill, Kurt. (1900–1950)] Sanders, Ronald.

The Days Grow Short: The Life and Music of Kurt Weill - FROM THE LIBRARY OF LEONARD BERNSTEIN

New York: Holt, Rinehart & Winston. 1980. First edition. Octavo, brown cloth-backed rust boards in gilt, in dj. viii, [ii] 469 pp. Illustrated in B&W. Near Fine. From the library of Leonard Bernstein's, inscribed to him on the front endpaper in an unknown hand: "To Lenny / on receiving the first N.Y.S. award in Music, and to celebrate the world premiere of his Kostelanetz 'toast,' we give this biography of a New York forerunner in opera, show & philosophy / Love / Katie & Keri." Together with a printed card identifying the volume as having originally been sold in the Leonard Bernstein Estate sale at Sotheby's as lot 151. 

Bernstein has penciled on the rear endpaper the etymology of the word "Verfremdungseffekt" [i.e. Brecht's "alienation effect"]. "A Musical Toast," which premiered in October 1980, was a two-minute overture in memory of Andre Kostelanetz.

A nice association copy. (906)

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