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Autograph letter signed "Love Iannis" to the distinguished music administrator and author Renée Levine Packer
The Legend of Eer was first performed in Paris on February 11, 1978. Xenakis, a French composer of Greek parentage, "belonged to the pioneering generation of composers who revolutionized 20th-century music after World War II. With the ardour of an outsider to academic musical life, he was one of the first to replace traditional musical thinking with radical new concepts of sound composition. His musical language had a strong influence on many younger composers in and outside of Europe, but it remained singular for its uncompromising harshness and conceptual rigour." Peter Hoffmann in Grove Music Online. "Born in France, raised in New York and Mexico City, Levine Packer worked with Lukas Foss and was co-director with Morton Feldman of the renowned contemporary music group in Buffalo, New York, and a director of the Contemporary Music Festival at the California Institute of the Arts. She was Director of the Inter-Arts program at the National Endowment for the Arts, the producer of Steve Reich and Beryl Korot's multimedia opera The Cave, and a dean at the Maryland Institute College of Art." Oxford University Press online.. 1 page. Folio, ca. 295 x 209 mm. Dated February 25, [19]81. In black ink. With original autograph envelope with the Paris and California addresses of Xenakis and Packer written in black ink to upper panel and postmarked February 26, 1981. Pleased to have heard from Packer, Xenakis discusses his electronic music composition, The Legend of Eer (La legénde d'Eer). "... I would have loved to send you the tape of "Legend of Eer," but, there is a serious but, I have to be at the console. It is very difficult to put together 7 tracks because there is no final version yet. So, maybe next time I'll come and conduct the Legend and see you." Slightly worn; creased at corners and folds; several small edge tears, with no loss to text; small coffee stain to blank lower margin, not affecting text.
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