The Automatic Pistol. African-American Composers, Ellis B. Kohs.

The Automatic Pistol

Np: 1943. 4to, [7] pp, likely a diazo-printed or dittoed score printed on a single sheet folded six times. Provenance: from the library of composer Lou Harrison.

Sheet music for this unusual composition by the African-American composer, which sets a found text - in this case, a section on the care of use of automatic pistols, from the army Field Manual 31-100, section C1, paragraph 65. The work was almost certainly composed in Kohs wartime capacity as director of the all-African American 334th Army Forces Services Band, at Fort Benning, Georgia, and other military bands.

An early and unusual example of a musical setting of a found, non-literary text, and particularly interesting for its relation to an African American military band. OCLC locates three holdings of a score by Kohs with this title, but recorded under the American Composers Alliance imprint. We suspect this to be an earlier version, perhaps for private distribution. Given the means of reproduction, likely existing in this state in only a handful of copies. Item #24962

Price: $200.00

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