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The Music of Frederick Sommer, Limited Edition

Publisher: Tucson, Arizona: Nazraeli Press, 2000
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: Hardcover
ISBN: 3923922817
Condition: New / No dust jacket as issued
Item #: 100239



First edition, first printing. Limited edition of 500 hand-numbered copies. Hardcover. Custom-designed cloth presentation case (with printed paper label on front cover), with printed loose sheets in foldover paper enclosure (attached to inside rear board) and audio compact disc in separate paper enclosure, no dust jacket as issued. Musical scores by Frederick Sommer. Includes a digitally-mastered CD of performances by Stephen Aldrich and Walton Mendelson. 16 total loose heavy paper stock sheets with 15 four-color plates. Presentation case 12-3/8 x 9-3/4 inches.




From the introduction: "In 1934, Frederick Sommer (1905-1999) visited Los Angeles. Walking through the art museum one day, he noticed a display of musical scores. He saw them not as music, but as graphics, and found in them an elegance and grace that led him to a careful study of notes and notation. Sommer found that the best music was the most visually attractive, and assumed that there was a correlation between the music as we hear it and its notations. He wondered if drawings that used notational motifs and elements could be played. Sommer made his first drawings in the manner of musical scores that year. In 1968, the first public performance of the music of Frederick Sommer was given at Prescott College, by Stephen Aldrich and Walton Mendelson. Of Sommer's known works, it is only these scores that have been a part of his creative life throughout his artistic career; he was still creating scores in 1997."