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Preciosilla: for voice and piano. - Gertrude Stein and Virgil Thomson

£70.00
Stein, Gertrude (lyricist); Thomson, Virgil (composer)
Preciosilla: for voice and piano. 
New York: G. Schirmer, 1948. 
Wrappers (30 cm.), with titles printed in green script and Schirmer catalogue to rear, which shows some staining. Contents: [7] pages of music with lyrics.
Preciosilla was the stage name of the Spanish cuplétista Manuela Tejeda Clemente; who Stein and Alice B. Toklas are reported to have seen perform in 1912 Madrid. Originally written as a poem in 1913, Preciosilla would become one of a number of Stein's works set-to-music by her friend Virgil Thomson. With a rather interesting cover design by George Martin, who avoids the use of a covergirl altogether, in an admittedly loaded context: "Lily wet lily wet while. This is so pink so pink so pink in stammer, a long bean which shows bows is collected by a single curly shady, shady get, get set wet bet.”

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