CHAVEZ, CARLOS

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CHAVEZ, CARLOS - Uncommon SP of the Mexican composer and musicologist
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CHAVEZ, CARLOS - Uncommon SP of the Mexican composer and musicologist

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CHAVEZ, CARLOS. (1899-1978). Mexican composer, conductor and exponent of indigenous Mexican music. SP. (“Carlos”). 1p. 4to. N.p., N.d. To GODDARD [LIEBERSON (1911-1977)], president of Columbia Records and recording industry innovator, best remembered for introducing the LP, or long-playing microgroove record, to the public. A dramatic black-and-white, silver print head shot of Chavez, inscribed in the lower right portion of the image, “in old friendship affectionately…”

 

Although he was of Creole ancestry, Chavez was strongly influenced by Aztec culture and, after the Mexican Revolution, became a vocal promoter of nationalistic music. He variously headed Mexico’s National Conservatory of Music, the National Institute of Fine Arts and the National Symphony Orchestra, which he founded. He collected folk music while at the conservatory and, later, published Toward a New Music, a volume that discussed electronic music. As the de facto voice of Mexico, he made numerous guest appearances including as conductor of the NBC Symphony Orchestra and at a concert series at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. It is possible that it was during these appearances in New York in the late 1930s and early 1940s that he met Lieberson, the photograph’s recipient.

 

A bold image, neatly signed. Some minor surface wear and mounting traces along the top edge. In very good condition. Uncommon.

 

Item #17514

$500


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