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CŒUROY, André & André Schaeffner.

Le Jazz.

Published: Paris: Claude Aveline, 1926

Stock code: 102417

Price: £450

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First edition, this number VIII of an edition of 1625, being one of 10 copies “sur japon impérial”. A superb copy of the tête de tirage of this important book. The work of a modernist music critic, Cœuroy, and an ethnomusicologist, Schaeffner – who in 1931 accompanied Michel Leiris on Marcel Griaule’s Mission Dakar-Djibouti, to study the music of the Dogon – the publication of Le Jazz was one of the key reasons that “jazz – its meaning and influence – increasingly became a topic for debate” across Europe (Susan C. Cook, “Flirting with the Vernacular” in The Cambridge History of the Twentieth Century Music, p.172). Published in Claude Aveline’s influential La Musique Moderne series which included Milhaud’s Études, André Suarès’s Musique et poésie, Boris de Schloezer’s catalogue and study of Stravinsky, and André Georges’s similar work on Arthur Honegger.

Octavo. Original light card wraps in pale beige typographical dust wrapper. Light dust-soiling to the front free endpaper, else very good, entirely unopened.

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