Typed letter signed, to John McClure of Columbia Records. Igor Stravinsky.

Typed letter signed, to John McClure of Columbia Records

November 11, 1967, Hollywood, one page 4to on Stravinsky's imprinted stationery: "This letter is a pledge to help discharge Mr.Robert Craft's $10,903.44 debt to CBS. As both Mr. Craft and CBS (apparently) are in precarious financial circumstances I herewith request and authorize the attachment and application of my own royalties...." He concludes with a dig at the "richly ungrammatical note" from CBS's law firm. Signed in full. Fine condition. The works of Stravinsky (1882-1971), spanning from the romantic into the modern era, revolutionized twentieth-century music. While The Firebird, his first commission for Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, reflects the rich orchestral coloring of Rimsky-Korsakov, his dissonant third ballet The Rite of Spring caused a critical riot in 1913 Paris and still sounds barbarous today. Stravinsky met the young American conductor Robert Craft in 1948; Craft gradually became his Boswell and was instrumental in persuading the composer to adopt the twelve-tone scale. Item #16350

Price: $750.00

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