Writings about Music

New York: New York University Press / Halifax: The Press of Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, 1974. First Edition. First issue wrappered binding, without the UNIVERSAL EDITION notation on the spine, and without the added note about typographical corrections by Reich at the end of his Introduction. Association copy, inscribed by Steve Reich to Paul Fromm on the verso of the front endpaper: "for Paul Fromm / From Steve Reich." Reich's first and only book.

Fromm, who passed away in 1987, was one of the most important enablers of twentieth century classical music, establishing in 1944 the Fromm Musical Foundation, which commissions major works to this day. He was a fan of Reich's work from early on, and in 1985 the Fromm Foundation commissioned Reich's piece, "New York Counterpoint," now considered one of his most important works.

Though the inscription is not dated, it was likely made near to the date of publication, predating the commission by nearly a decade. A scarce signature and a great association between one of the twentieth century's greatest composers and one of its greatest patrons.

Near Fine in card wrappers, in a Near Fine example of the scarce dust jacket, with only a small chip at the top front panel to note.

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