Charles Mingus And Gunther Schuller Original Document Signed [SOLD]
Charles Mingus And Gunther Schuller Original Document Signed [SOLD]
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Original TDS, 3 pp, 8.5" by 11", verso only, dated Jan. 20 1977, on the letterhead of Schuller's music publishing company, Margan Music. A five year agreement, in which Mingus agrees to license Margan, "to print, publish, copy and vend the musical composition, entitled 'Revelations' composed by Charles Mingus." SIGNED in blue ink on the third page by Mingus and Schuller and with their initials to a holographic revision on the second page. Document is near fine, with single light mailing crease, staple holes and slight creasing to the top left corners, touch of age toning to page edges.Signatures are fine without loss, skipping or fading. A very uncommon late document signed by Mingus who by this time was already suffering from ALS, the devastating motor neuron disease which was to render him unable to play or perform by the end of 1977 and caused his untimely death in Jan.1979. Also significant, because the two composers had been friends and collaborators for many years, and in fact it was Schuller who had originally commissioned the bassist to compose 'Revelations' for the Brandeis Festival of The Arts, a three day festival of "Third Stream" music, held in New York in the summer of 1957. This marked the first performance of a large scale orchestral piece by Mingus, enhancing his already established reputation as a gifted, fiercely innovative composer and anticipating his later extraordinary experiments with larger orchestral forms, which were to culminate in his posthumous magnum opus 'Epitaph'. In April 1978, Schuller conducted a performance of 'Revelations' by the New York Philharmonic (a performance made possible by this agreement) to coincide with Mingus's 56th birthday, with the composer in attendance, by this time a rare public appearance which revealed Mingus's tragic physical decline. Always a champion of the composer's work, Schuller played a pivitol role in reconstructing and arranging Mingus's 'Epitaph' from an enormous and chaotic manuscript, discovered a decade after his death by Mingus archivist, Andrew Homzy. At about two hours long and likely the longest extended composition in jazz history, the complete composition was premiered at Lincoln Centre in 1989 under Schuller, and as recently as 2007 he conducted the piece again in its entirety, as part of a series of concerts in celebration of what would have been Mingus's 85th birthday. A very uncommon jazz collectible, signed by two major figures of American contemporary music. J1596

Charles Mingus And Gunther Schuller Original Document Signed [SOLD]
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Charles Mingus And Gunther Schuller Original Document Signed [SOLD]
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Charles Mingus And Gunther Schuller Original Document Signed [SOLD]
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