Iowa City: University of Iowa, 1971. 4to, v, 485 pp, mimeographed from typescript on rectos only. Illustrated with tipped-photographs. Includes bibliographical references and index. Brad-bound into a yellow covers.
Association copy, inscribed by the author to the composer Lou Harrison with thanks for assistance in the project.
A mammoth, indepth thesis study of the neglected and enigmatic composer Adolph Weiss, who granted a series of interviews for the project, as well as access to correspondence, scrapbooks, writings, and unpublished music from his archive, according to the foreward. Weiss was a modernist composer, student of Arnold Schoenberg in Berlin, professional bassoonist and teacher. The present work publishes a letter from John Cage to the author, describing how he hopped trains back to New York City to spend a year studying harmony with Adolph Weiss in 1933-34, at the recommendation of Henry Cowell, and the bridge games with Weiss, Henry Cowell and John Cage that took place afterwards.
119 items of correspondence to and from Weiss are transcribed in full in the work, including letters from John Cage, Arnold Schoenberg, Henry Cowell and others.
Rare. OCLC locates no physical holdings of this monumental work of scholarship, only microfilm version.
Near fine with uneven toning to covers. Item #24961