Piston Jr., Walter H.

1958 card insc. & signed by the classical composer, music theorist and teacher

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(1894-1976) US classical music composer, music theorist. As Harvard Univ. professor of music, students included Leroy Anderson, Leonard Bernstein, and Elliott Carter, amongst others. Graduated from Harvard summa cum laude, studied music in Paris 1924-26, studying composition and counterpoint with Nadia Boulanger, composition with Paul Dukas, and violin with George Enescu. His 1925 "Three Pieces for Flute, Clarinet and Bassoon" was his 1st published score. In 1936, CBS commissioned 6 American composers (Aaron Copland, Louis Gruenberg, Howard Hanson, Roy Harris, Wm. Grant Still, and Piston) to write works for radio broadcast. In 1937, Piston wrote his "Symphony No. 1", conducting its premiere with the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1938. His only dance work, "The Incredible Flutist", written for the Boston Pops, premiered in 1938 with Arthur Fiedler conducting. Soon after, Piston arranged a concert suite including "a selection of the best parts of the ballet", premiered by Fritz Reiner and the Pittsburgh Symphony in 1940. He studied Schoenberg's 12-tone technique and wrote works using aspects of it as early as the "Sonata for Flute and Piano" (1930) and the "Symphony No. 1" (1937). His first fully 12-tone work was the "Chromatic Study on the Name of Bach" for organ (1940). Although he employed 12-tone elements sporadically in his career, they became more pervasive in the "Eighth Symphony" (1965) and many of the works following it: the "Variations for Cello and Orchestra" (1966), "Clarinet Concerto" (1967), and "Flute Concerto" (1971). Columbia University commissioned Piston's "Symphony No. 2", premiered by the National Symphony in 1944, awarded the New York Music Critics' Circle award in 1944. His next symphony, "The Third", earned a Pulitzer Prize, as did his "Symphony No. 7". His "Viola Concerto" and "String Quartet No. 5" also received Critics' Circle awards. He wrote 4 books on technical aspects of music theory, considered classics in their respective fields: "Principles of Harmonic Analysis, Counterpoint, Orchestration", and "Harmony". The last introduced important new concepts that Piston developed in his approach to music theory, notably the concept of harmonic rhythm, and the secondary dominant, still regarded as recently as 2009 as a standard harmony text. Autograph Sentiment Signed and inscribed on a 3 x 5 lined index card, dated June 16 1958 by him.

Condition: Very good, light toning at top and left edges
Type:Signed Card






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