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Craft, Robert. THE MOMENT OF EXISTENCE: MUSIC, LITERATURE, AND THE ARTS 1990-1995. Nashville, TN: Vanderbilt University Press, 1996. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 325 pages. Fine/Fine.

Retrospective collection of essays. Robert Craft's final collection on music, literature, and the performing arts. 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 by a University Press. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Robert Craft's "The Moment of Existence: Music, Literature, And The Arts 1990-1995". "A tour-de-force of cultural appreciations, drawn from essays and reviews by one of the most celebrated writers on music and the arts". Previously published in various publications (mainly The New York Review of Books) in slightly or significantly different form. The essays appear in their final, definitive version in this book. Best-known as Igor Stravinsky's lifelong (and fanatically loyal) friend, colleague, interpreter/conductor, and amanuensis, Robert Craft is also a music and literary critic of the first rank. This collection demonstrates that fact, and covers the stunning breadth of interests of Robert Craft, Renaissance Man, that is to say, the vanishing embodiment of civilized learning and wisdom. "This is how a discerning mind thinks, and every time I read a book by Robert Craft, I can't help but to wonder why other writers lack his clarity of thought or fortitude of conviction. He captures the essence of music, art, and new work. I recommend this book to anyone who often feels on the outside looking in on the arts" (Library Journal). An absolute "must-have" title for Robert Craft collectors. This title is a late-modern classic. This is one of very few copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A scarce copy thus. One of the most brilliant critics of the 20th century. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO ROBERT CRAFT AND IGOR STRAVINSKY TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0826512763. $70.00

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