Wien: die Reihe, 1955-62. 8vo, each volume an 8vo bound in printed wraps of varying colors, by the Austrian designer Willi Bahner. Texts in German. Illustrated with scores, some printed on coated paper, a couple of which fold out.
All issues published of the original edition of one important new music periodicals of its time, which began publication in 1955 out of the circle of composers which coalesced around the Nordwestdeutscher Rundfunk (NWDR). English language translation editions were also published by Presser, beginning later, in 1958, but these are the original, earlier German edition (also known as the Universal Edition). The covers are brilliantly and minimally designed in a variety of hues by the unheralded but important Austrian designer Willi Bahner. The contributors are largely European, though John Cage offers several important texts.
The periodical came to an end after a falling out between the two editors, with the epic issue no. 8. To the credit of the periodical, one of the most bitter attacks on the magazine was published in die Reihe itself, an attack on work by Stockhausen by the Dutch physicist Adriaan Fokker - a fitting coda to a provocative and contentious periodical.
Each issue was devoted to articles on a particular theme. No. 1 - Elektronische Musik, No. 2 - Anton Webern, No. 3 - Musikalisches Handwerk, 4. Junge Komponisten, 5. Bericht Analysen, 6. Sprache und Musik, 7. Form - Raum, and 8. Rückblicke.
The wraps of no. 3 have detached from the text block, but could easily be reglued, else a very good set showing moderate soiling and creasing to the wraps and some old pencile prices to cover. Item #26972