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Richard Neale (editor). A Pocket Companion for Gentlemen and Ladies:
Being a Collection of the Finest Opera Songs & Airs, in English and Italian.
A Work Never Before attempted. Carefully Corrected, & also Figur’d for ye
Organ, Harpsichord, and Spinet.
London: Cluer’s Printing-Office in Bow-Church-Yard, [1724]. Octavo, contemporary
crimson morocco gilt. Engraved frontispiece, preliminaries, and musical scores with
lyrics for dozens of songs. Two early ownership inscriptions. $1850.
First edition of this sparkling pocket miscellany of popular songs from Baroque
operas: “Leave repining, / Cease your wining, / Pox on Torment, Grief, andWoe; /
If she’s tender, / She’ll surrender, / If she’s tough, e’en let her go.” The text block
is entirely engraved, providing the score and lyrics for each piece, along with
the occasional flute accompaniment. Publisher John Cluer was known for the
excellence of his musical scores: “Some of his books are so beautifully and clearly
engraved on copper as to excel all other works of the period.” This volume
was part of Cluer’s “new undertaking of Printing Musick in Pocket Volumes,”
supported by subscription. Featured composers include English favorite George
Frederick Handel, as well as the Italians Giovanni Bononcini, Alessandro
Scarlatti, Francesco Gasparini, and Attilio Ariosti. A beautiful copy of a
scarce book.
John Cage; James Joyce.
The Wonderful Widow of Eighteen Springs: For Voice and Piano.
New York: Henmar Press, 1960. Folio musical score, 11 x 14 inches, publisher’s
facsimile proof of Cage’s autograph instructions and musical notation. $1500.
Scarce publisher’s proof of John Cage’s 1942 piece for voice and closed piano.
The first of Cage’s songs inspired by James Joyce,
TheWonderful Widow of Eighteen
borrows its lyrics from the description of the sleeping child Isobel in
Finnegans Wake
: “how all so still she lay, neath of the whitethorn, child of tree,
like some losthappy leaf, like blowing flower stilled.” The vocalist is instructed to
“sing without vibrato, as in folksinging,” while the pianist plays the closed grand
piano like a drum, with notes on how and where to strike the surface (with fingers
or knuckles, on the top, front, or underside of the piano). Although received with
bafflement in early performances,
TheWonderful Widow of Eighteen Springs
become one of Cage’s most popular works. This is an in-house proof in advance
of publication, reproducing Cage’s handwritten score on oversized ozalid paper;
the publisher estimates that no more than twenty working copies were printed.
The published score would be issued in an edition of 500 copies in 1961, reduced
in scale, with Cage’s 1960 copyright notice and page numbers removed.
A surprising survival.
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