[viii], 81p., illus., 8.75x11.75 inches, inscribed by publisher Jack Robbins to Irish tenor Phil Regan, printed fabric boards, slight wear to spine label with a corner missing, otherwise a very good copy of the combination narrative and musical arrangements by one of the seminal figures in African American music. Jessye's life spans nearly a century and virtually every American musical form. Classically trained in the midwest, she moved to New York at the age of 30 (1926) and became the protege of jazz composer Will Marion Cook. George Gershwin appointed her choral conductor of Porgy and Bess, and she went on to form her own choir while discovering and coaching two generations of black musical talent. Her influence and national recognition continued until her death in 1992. N° de ref. de la librería
Título: My spirituals; illustrated by Millar of the ...
Año de publicación: 1927
Descripción Robbins-Engel, Inc., ., New York:, 1927. 4to. , 81,  pp. Woodcut-engraved lozenge illust. on title, woodcut-engraved head- and tail-pieces throughout, illustrations. Printed brown & beige gingham publisher's cloth, illustrated with birds & roses, printed labels in sepia & white on front cover & spine (minor rubbing, edgewear, some wear & minor bumping to corners, darkening to spine), still a VG- copy. First edition of this scarce, and important, collection of African-Americana spiritual folks songs collected in and around Coffeyville, KS and South Coffeyville, OK, while the famed African-American singer and choral director was growing up. By 1926, Jessye (1895-1992), had left teaching at Morgaon College in Baltimore, MD, and become the music director for the Dixie Jubilee Singers, and decided to publish this book featuring "Negro Spirituals," and would later act as Strawberry Woman in Porgy & Bess, and Queenie in Showboat for Gershwin, and later acting in such films as Black Like Me (1964), and Slaves (1969). The remarkable woodcut artist, Millar, has defied generations of researchers to uncover exactly who executed these fine illustrations. See: Bockson, 8096; Griffith & Savage, Women and Religion in the African Diaspora: Knowledge, Power, and Performance, pp. 341-342. Nº de ref. de la librería 52946