1945 Composer NED ROREM Rare SIGNED Handwritten Music MANUSCRIPT "PRAYER AND PARAPHRASE For Virgil Thomson"
PRAYER AND PARAPHRASE for Virgil Thompson by NED ROREM
NED ROREM music composition written in his hand. Signed holographic music manuscript reproduced by blue print process with Circle Blue Print Co., New York City printed in the bottom margin. Piano composition, small folio, one folded sheet 11" x 14", opens to 22" x 14", 2 pages. Beneath the last measure of Prayer is the number 9-25-45, and beneath the last measure of Paraphrase is the number 10-45. They are most likely the composition dates, September 25, 1945 and October 1945. Such copies are made for a performance, usually not many exist.
CONDITION: The sheet is toned, lightly foxed, slightly fragile, the fold is tender and starting to split but holding, tiny tears and chips to edges, otherwise the piece is bright, unmarked, completely legible, and remains upright on a music stand. An important early composition by Ned Rorem. Only one other known copy exists which is archived at Yale in the Virgil Thomson Papers.
Ned Rorem (1923-2022) Iconic American Composer and Diarist. He won a Pulitzer Prize for Music in 1976 for his Air Music: Ten Etudes for Orchestra.
Virgil Thomson (1896-1989) was an American composer and critic. He was instrumental in the development of the "American Sound" in classical music. In 1949, he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Music for the score to the film Louisiana Story.