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Gymnopédie #1 for Oboe, Harp and Strings. Two proof copies with autograph annotations. Ca. 1953
Glanville-Hicks, an Australian-born composer and writer, studied with Vaughan Williams, Egon Wellesz, and Nadia Boulanger, among others; she took American citizenship in 1948. The 3 Gymnopédie were composed in 1953. "As a critic and writer she was as concerned with identifying a composer's source of inspiration as with explaining compositional technique, including atonalism, serialism, neo-classicism, musique concrète, and the mid-century avant garde. She described the qualities of American inspiration in the music of Ives, Virgil Thomson, Copland, Douglas Moore, the young Bernstein and others. Yet her outlook was thoroughly international. She was most interested in the music of the 'exotics' or 'musical explorers' such as John Cage, Lou Harrison, Paul Bowles, Colin McPhee, Alan Hovhaness and Edgard Varèse. Like them, she found in various non-Western musical cultures more authentic, even mystical sources of inspiration..." "... As a composer she had an affinity, probably reinforced by her training with Hart and Vaughan Williams, for tonal music, consonant and often non-diatonic harmonies, and modal melodies such as are heard in traditional or folk musics. Her melodic writing is distinctive, as are her clear textures and rhythmic patterns, often reinforced by a variety of percussion instruments. She was inspired by the melodies and rhythms of several traditions..." Deborah Hayes in Grove Music Online.. Folio and large folio. Paginated 3-8. Both copies initialled by the composer and with annotations and corrrections in blue, green, yellow, red, and lead pencil, some in all likelihood in the composer's hand. Slightly worn and browned; central fold.
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