Feodor Chaliapin Man & Mask Forty Years in the Life of a Singer
First American edition. Translated from French by Phyllis Megroz. Grey cloth cover has embossed red print. Slight discoloration/light soiling. Dust jacket has several chips missing, largest is visible in the image at the top of the cover at about 1 inch. Creases and small tears, minor to moderate foxing in DJ. Dust jacket has protective plastic film covering it, but not adhering to it. Binding is secure. Paper inside covers is discolored to light tan. Pages are white to off-white and supple. 1/2 inch tear in bottom edge of last three pages (does not affect or touch print). Includes a number of black-and-white photographs. 358 pages. Newspaper clipping pasted inside front cover: "Chaliapin sad over exile; to Russia? Never." Newspaper clipping of death-day article pasted behind first title page. Newspapers are not noted.
This book comes from the private collection of the legendary jazz clarinetist and Jazz Hall of Fame inductee, Kenny Davern. While Kenny was best known as a jazz musician who worked with everyone from Jack Teagarden to Steve Lacy, he attributes David Weber, principal solo clarinetist with the New York City Ballet Orchestra as his most influential teacher. He and I would listen to mostly classical music when we visited and discussed the differences in interpretations by various conductors. Kenny's knowledge of classical music was encyclopaedic, particularly of the work of conductor Wilhelm Furtwängler whose works lined the walls of his music room.
Condition: VG+/EX-Cover Condition: VG+
Label: Alfred A. Knopf
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