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MILHAUD, Darius 1892-1974
[Op. 58]. Le boeuf sur le toit [Piano 4-hands]
Paris: Éditions La Sirène [PN 24], 1920. Folio. Original publisher's heavy mid-gray textured printed wrappers. 1f. (recto half-title, verso copyright), 1f. (recto blank, verso full-page original lithography by Dufy), 1f. (recto title, verso blank), [iii] (preface by Cocteau), [i] (blank), 56 pp. Text in French. Wrappers slightly worn and faded; spine chipped and separated; publisher's handstamp to verso of lower. Uniformly browned; edges lightly thumbed; handstamps to lower outer corner of flyleaf "Durand & Fils" and "Georges Thomassin." First Edition. "Still haunted by my memories of Brazil, I assembled a few popular melodies, tangos, maxixes, sambas, and even a Portuguese fado, and transcribed them with a rondo-like theme recurring between each two of them. I called this fantasia Le Boeuf sur le toit, the title of a Brazilian popular song. I thought that the character of this music might make it suitable for an accompaniment to one of Charlie Chaplin's films ... Cocteau disapproved of my idea, and proposed that he should use it for a show ... [He] produced a pantomime scenario that could be adapted to my music. He imagined a scene in a bar in America during Prohibition. The various characters were highly typical: a Boxer, a Negro Dwarf, a Lady of Fashion, a Red-headed Woman dressed as a man, a Bookmaker, a Gentleman in evening clothes. The Barman, with a face like that of Antinoüs, offers everyone cocktails. After a few incidents and various dances, a Policeman enters, whereupon the scene is immeidately transformed into a milk-bar. The clients play a rustic scene and danc … [Click Below for Full Description]

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