SASSOON, Siegfried; JOYCE, James.

Anna Livia Plurabelle.

Music by Hazel Felman. [Together with:] ROSS, Martin Ross. Music and James Joyce. Chicago: Argus Book Shop, 1936.

Chicago: Argus Book Shop, [1935] Stock Code: 140032
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First edition thus, limited issue, one of 350 copies only, inscribed by the composer, "For Siegfried Sassoon - with my best wishes - Hazel Felman", and designated a review copy on the limitation page. Felman had previously scored Sassoon's poem "Song, Be My Soul".

First appearing in 1928, Anna Livia Plurabelle was an early published chapter from Joyce's famous "work in progress" that would eventually become Finnegans Wake. Containing some of the most lyrical and poetic passages of Finnegans Wake, it is here set to music by Hazel Felman. It was a section from this chapter that Joyce selected to record at the Orthological Institute in London in the summer of 1929. In the accompanying Music and James Joyce, Felman explains how, after hearing the recording, "the conviction grew upon me that if I could re-create in music the mood that the author creates when he reads the closing chapters of Anna Livia Plurabelle, I would be justified in translating into a musical idiom what already seemed to be sheer music... The modulations of Joyce's speaking voice held many suggestions for the melodic line".

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Anna Livia Plurabelle: quarto. Original green card stapled wrappers, text to front wrapper in green, "Review Copy $3.50" inkstamped to front cover. Music and James Joyce: quarto, pp. 10. Original white wrappers, title to front cover in black. Without paper slipcase.


Anna Livia Plurabelle: front cover a little sunned and foxed, staples a little rusted, contents clean and unmarked; a very good copy. Music and James Joyce: foot of front cover a little sunned, else fine.


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