Three Songs for Contralto with Piano Accompaniment By Frederic Ayres. Op. 2. No. 1 Spring Song. No. 2 In a Gondola. No. 3 Bestowal. (with) The Wa-Wan Press Take, O, Take Those Lips Away & Other Pieces of The Composer-owned Wa-Wan Press
Ayres, Frederic

Berlin & New York: Albert Stahl & G. Schirmer, 1906. F Each song paginated separately; Warmly inscribed by the composer on the front endpaper "For Miss Johenna L. Kuls(?) With best wishes always Frederic Ayres"; with lyrics and musical notation; all music by Frederic Ayres: also including Where the Bee Sucks; Come Unto These Yellow Sands; It Was a Lover and his Lass; Sea Dirge; with a catalog listing of the "Wa-Wan Publications of American Compositions" women and men composers and their works; with an explanatory text concerning "The Wa-Wan Society of America": "The object of the Wa-Wan Society is to establish a broad ground of meeting for the American composer and the American people; to identify his best existing work with the national musical life as a whole, and to promote the publication of new American compositions of merit...(the Society) aims to direct that appreciation and impulse into a broad and systematic national artistic advance, free from the (thwarting) influence of commercial favor or journalistic discrimination..." and goes on to state the aims and membership types available; Frederic Ayres (1876-1926) American composer, born Binghamton, New York, musical studies with Edgar Stillman Kelley and Arthur Foote, resided for many years and eventually died in Colorado; The Wa-Wan Press was a publishing enterprise set on foot by Arthur Farwell (1872-1952) in 1901 at Newton Center, Mass. Its stated object was 'primarily to publish the most progressive and significant compositions by American composers, wholly upon considerations of artistic merit; and secondarily to give due attention to the development of the various forms of primitive folk-songs in America.' For a series of years it energetically fulfilled both of these objects, issuing a variety of works, some of them of large dimensions, by about forty American composers, including a striking number of settings or idealizations of Indian and Negro materials. It was one of the most influential factors in stimulating interest in types of work that had previously not received proper attention...(Grove); these pieces by Ayres seemingly more or less classically inspired, by Robert Browning, Shakespeare and also by Margaret Fuller; some title page ornamentation for the pieces, in art nouveau style, a couple titles for pieces printed in red or blue; bound in limp leather, gilt cover titles; leather very worn and rubbed, chipped at corners and edges; inscription and contents very good condition; interesting American musical composition history, somewhat reminiscent of the same type of educational revolution taking place in the Chautauqua movement; here especially notable for this Western American composers' inscription. Very Good (Item ID: 19308)


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