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Porter, Andrew (Author) & Krenek, Ernst (Subject/Signatory). MUSIC OF THREE SEASONS 1974-1977. New York City, NY: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1978. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 667 pages. Fine/Fine.

Retrospective collection of music reviews and essays. One of the greatest books on music of our time. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Andrew Porter's "Music of Three Seasons 1974-1977". The second retrospective collection by the greatest music critic in the Western tradition of the second-half of the 20th century. All of the pieces originally appeared in slightly different form in The New Yorker Magazine. Five volumes, published in chronological order, were published in all. The New Yorker invited the London-based Porter on a "trial" basis, initially to cover just one season that eventually became "A Musical Season: A Critic From Abroad In America" (1974). He stayed on for almost twenty years, helping to cement with his presence New York's supremacy as the arts and music capital of the 20th century. His near-weekly reviews and extended essays on music, thankfully collected for posterity in his retrospective volumes, are unsurpassed to this day. "Nobody reviewing in America has anything like Porter's command of it. Nor has The New Yorker ever before had access through music to so distinguished a mind" (Virgil Thomson). "One of the exceedingly rare examples of a scholar who is also a perceptive critic of the highest rank" (The New Republic). "No critic in the magazine's history - not Edmund Wilson, not Lewis Mumford, not Pauline Kael - possessed greater authority in his or her field" (Alex Ross). Porter's specialty was the human voice and its miraculous range in song, opera, theater, spectacle, and drama, culminating in his magisterial English translation of Wagner's "Ring" (Porter translated thirty-seven operas in all, and was also a world-class scholar). He was incurably curious and passionate about new music, that is, the music of our time, and one of the contemporary composers he discusses at considerable length in this volume is Ernst Krenek. Andrew Porter died on April 3, 2015 at the age of 87, a permanent loss. An absolute "must-have" title for Andrew Porter and Ernst Krenek collectors. This is (was) the personal copy of the great composer Ernst Krenek, and it is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed in black pen on the front free endpaper by the composer. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a great collection. As far as we know, this is the only such signed copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and despite its slight imperfection (wear on DJ) remains in especially fine condition: Every internal page is clean, crisp, and bright. The cloth boards are sharp, no bumping at all. Please note: Krenek's signature is, as is well-known, TINY. ALL other copies available online have major flaws. A rare signed copy thus. One of the greatest music critics of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ANDREW PORTER TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0671635387. $100.00

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