New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1953. First Edition. Hardcover. The first American edition. Inscribed and dated in the year of publication, with an original sketch of a musical arrangement, by Darius Milhaud on the front flyleaf. The autobiography of one of the 20th century's most prolific composers, with an opera comprising nearly 450 works. Milhaud (1892-1974) belongs historically to the coterie of French intellectuals and composers who, loosely bonded by their initial embrace of Jean Cocteau's antisentimental aesthetic ideas, as well as by their allegiance to composer Erik Satie's spiritual-musical tutelage, were known as Les Six. His compositions are influenced by jazz and Brazilian music and make extensive use of polytonality. Among the significant number of European Jewish emigre composers who took refuge in the United States during the 1930s and '40s from Fascist-inspired anti-Semitic persecution, Mihaud accepted a position with Mills College in Oakland, California where jazz pianist Dave Brubeck become one of his most famous students. 30 illustrations in halftone. Octavo. Original blue cloth binding, with silver and gilt titles. Some fading along the extremities of the boards. The dust jacket is moderately shelfworn, with a slender scuff to the front panel and a few small chips; else about very good. Very good / Good. Item #71592

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