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ALEXANDRE SILOTI - PIANIST & CONDUCTOR

Autographed and inscribed example of the legendary pianist’s book, My Memories of Liszt, Methven Simpson LTD, Edinburgh, 1913.  The book contains 76 numbered pages, 8 photographic plates and an advertisement for William H. Daly’s monograph on Debussy.  He inscribes the book to the American symphonist and long time Director of the University of Iowa’s School of Music, Philip Greeley Clapp, Meinen lieben Collegen, Philip Clapp in herlicher Sympathie, A Siloti, N.Y. 1 November ’27.  This is a first edition of the English language edition, the book was originally published in St. Petersburg in 1911.

The book is contained in a custom clamshell linen box with a gold leaf lettered attached title plate on the spine.  The book was printed on quality paper with a paper binding which has not worn well on most copies over the years.  The inside pages are fine, however, the attached paper wrappers are partly chipped, the left corner of the wrapper is missing and the back wrapper is unattached.  The wrapper on the spine is mostly gone.  Easily a candidate for a quality binding. 

Siloti (1863-1945) initially studied at the St. Petersburg Conservatoire with Nikolai Rubinstein and Piotr Illich Tchaikovsky winning the Conservatory Gold Medal in 1881.  The year prior he made his professional debut as a soloist with orchestra in Moscow.  In 1883 he went to Weimar at the invitation of Franz Liszt and spent the masters three final years with him.  Siloti at the end of Liszt’s life was undoubtedly his unofficial secretary and favorite pupil. Needless to say he had an unparalleled view of Liszt and his activities during those final years. Siloti was appointed Professor at the Moscow Conservatory in 1887 where he also ran a successful series of concerts funded by his wife’s inheritance.  He left the post in 1890 when he decided to become a touring virtuoso.  He received consistent critical acclaim for his concerts throughout Western and Eastern Europe, Great Britain and the United States.  He left Russia permanently after the Revolution and settled in New York City where he taught at the Juilliard School from 1924 to 1942 three years before his death.  As a pupil of Liszt, though a tad quirky, he was revered.

Philip Greeley Clapp (1888-1954) was an American composer, moreover a symphonist, with 12 symphonies to his credit and a champion in Dimitri Mitropoulos towards the end of his life.  Clapp was Director of the University of Iowa’s School of Music for 30 years.  As a symphonist he is described as a Romantic, though his work is tinged with “Americana”.  Many of the symphonies could easily be turned into soundtracks for films, especially Westerns.