Carl Ruggles: Evocations, and Angels
The 1943 sheet music for "Evocations: 3 Chants for Piano" by Carl Ruggles. The piece was composed in 1921 and was revised varous times until 1956, when Ruggles settled on its final version. Also includes the music for "Angels, for Muted Brass, 4 Trumpets and 3 Trombones". Ruggles was an American composer (1876-1971) known for the atonal or dissonant counterpoint style of his compositions.
This sheet music was published by Henry Cowell's New Music Edition Corp., which initially ran from 1927 until 1936 when Cowell was arrested (and imprisoned for four years) for having sexual relations with a 17-year-old male. The publishing imprint and New Music Society name was brought back later when Cowell was released from prison, and lived in New York. The society presented concerts and published a quarterly of modern compostions, with John Cage and Lou Harrison, among others, serving on the editiorial board. New Music Edition's first publication in 1927 was Ruggles' "Men and Mountains".
This copy came from the library of composer Douglas Leedy. Leedy was involved in the West Coast avant-garde music scene and taught music at UCLA and Reed College, and his compositions were published in the journal "Source: Music of the Avant Garde" during the late-1960s.
Includes an additional photocopy of the "Evocations" score with notes in pencil on some of the pages, and "sent by Bruce Pfeffer 8/04" noted on the first page. Plus laid-in the folder is the score for Charles Shere's "Seven Bagatelles," a pianoforte solo dedicated to Eliane Lust, noting "these pieces were composed December 5, 1996, in the galleries of Site Sante Fe...". Item #803.
Condition: Very Good, light rubbing/wear at spine fold; three faint (coffee?) stains to back cover; the score for "Seven Bagatelles" has a creased lower right corner.