San Francisco: The New Music Society of California, 1931. First edition. Folio, 52 pp, saddle-stapled in printed wraps. With two printed errata sheets laid in, making score corrections to previous issues,
Henry Cowell started the New Music Quarterly in 1927 in order to publish scores by composers who were unlikely to see exposure of their work in the mainstream. Cowell was editor of the series until 1936, and during that time published a wide range of innovative music. This lengthy issue is devoted to Colin McPhee's "Concerto for Piano with Wind Octette Acc.". This is a early, and rare surviving piece by McPhee, published in the same year that he would become exposed to the Gamelan music of Bali, which would consume his later years, and indeed, McPhee was one of the earliest popularizers of the form in the West, and the first Western composer to make an ethnomusicological study of the musical form.
McPhee, who was gay, was later a housemate with W. H. Auden and Benjamin Britten in New York City. In his earlier years he was connected with the Ultra-Modernists, with Cowell, who published this piece, and Lou Harrison. Though there are no ownership marks, this copy of the score was from Lou Harrison's library.
Extremely scarce in the trade.
Near fine with light toning and some faint rubbing and bumping to extremities.
A bright copy with a small faint abrasion to cover, else fine. Item #24936