Carefully executed autograph letter signed "Jo Kondo" to the noted music administrator and author Renée Levine [Packer]
by KONDO, Jo 1947-
Jo Kondo is a Japanese composer. "The influence of American experimental music, evident in his early works, led to his devising a post-Cagean style of ‘Sen no ongaku' (linear music) in the early 1970s, in which the whole structure is derived from a single melodic line, with each constituent sound recognizable as an individual entity. Standing and Sight Rhythmics typify this style, which at the end of the 1970s Kondo began to enrich by adding vertical elements. Among his many commissions are those from Music Today, Tokyo (1970, 1976), and the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino (1984). Between 1980 and 1990 he directed Musica Practica Ensemble, a chamber orchestra devoted to contemporary music. He became an associate editor of Contemporary Music Review in 1989." Susumu Shono in Grove Music Online."Born in France, raised in New York and Mexico City, Levine Packer worked with Lukas Foss and was co-director with Morton Feldman of the renowned contemporary music group in Buffalo, New York, and a director of the Contemporary Music Festival at the California Institute of the Arts. She was Director of the Inter-Arts program at the National Endowment for the Arts, the producer of Steve Reich and Beryl Korot's multimedia opera The Cave, and a dean at the Maryland Institute College of Art." Oxford University Press online.. 2ff. written on one side of the leaf only. Folio. Dated New York, March 13, 1978. On light gray paper. With original autograph envelope with sender and recipient's addresses in blue ink to recto, postmarked New York, March 14, 1978.Kondo is surprised that Levine is leaving her position at the Center of the Creative and Performing Arts at SUNY Buffalo and moving to California. He praises her contributions to the Center and to "new music" in general. He thanks her for arranging to cover his travel expenses to Buffalo for an April 13 concert, which Levine will presumably no longer be able to attend. Finally, he hopes they can meet in California in May."... You have supported the Center, with many directors, in all senses for a long time. By your effort, the Center has been real center place in the world of new music. Nobody can doubt this fact. The Center had been able to be almost nothing active if you were not there. I hope that your new job releases you from being over-loaded, and you are going to do greater work with people who is[!] waiting for you in California... After the concert of April 13 in Buffalo, I'll write you to tell how the concert is, and when and where in California we'll appear in early May. Again with my renewed thanks for your great kindness in arranging my concert... "Sightly creased at folds and lower left corner of second leaf; small light stain to first paragraph of first leaf, slightly affecting several letters; envelope slightly worn.
(Inventory #: 27110)
Musical Autographs and Manuscripts; Rare Books on Music and Dance; First and Early Editions of Printed Music; Prints, Drawings and Ephemera relating to Music and Dance including Opera and Ballet.
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