Syncopating Saxophones

By: Frankenstein, Alfred V.

Price: $150.00

Quantity: 1 available

Book Condition: Very Good


This early work on modern music and jazz was printed in a Limited Edition of 600, 500 of which were for sale. This copy has some edge and corner wear along with expected aging. It lacks the dustjacket and is in VG condition. At the time Frankenstein was a 20 year old clarinetist with the Chicago Symphony. Preceding the first books written entirely on jazz, Frankenstein's anthology, this book was a "collection of random thoughts" by a "serious" musician. It has Jazz-related chapters interspersed with thoughts on Stravinsky and Brahms. Nevertheless, Frankenstein - destined to become the famed music and art critic of the San Francisco Chronicle - intended to highlight his conviction that "the Jazz Orchestra of today is a perfect thing, as perfect in its field as a large symphony orchestra". His was not a popular opinion among American professional musicians, many of whom believed that Jazz was "corrupting" music in the United States. As one of the first musical tributes to Jazz, the book was overlooked in its day because it was a limited edition, handsomely designed by avant-garde Czech artist Vojtech Preissig. The book is illustrated with five drawings: Stravinsky by Picasso, Paul Whiteman by Herb Roth, Antoine Sax by Wesley Brown, Carl Sandburg by Rosendo Gonzales and Carl Van Vechten by Miguel Covarrubias. The Introduction is by Eric Delamarter. Important, and rather uncommon, book on early jazz. ; B&W Portraits; Small 8vo 7½" - 8" tall; 103 pages

Title: Syncopating Saxophones

Author Name: Frankenstein, Alfred V.

Illustrator: Illustrated by Various

Categories: Music,

Edition: 1st Edition, Limited; First Printing

Publisher: Chicago, Robert O. Ballou: 1925

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good

Seller ID: 15641

Keywords: Music Jazz African - American Negro Black