Edison Denisov à Jean-Marie Londeix février 1971
My dear friend,
I'm profoundly grateful for your friendliness and your concerns - thank you very much.
I received the program from your performance at the conference in the US as well as your letter dated 27 January. I'm very pleased to hear that you will soon record my sonata. I hope I'll get the recording by March / I can assure the ORTF that the tape will not be copied/.
Concerning copies of the score for the US, you can give your friends the address of the Composer's Union (Moscow K-9, Nejdanova Road, 8/10). It is a bit a question of diplomacy.
I received the letter from "Leduc" with the following proposals: "We thought that it would have been logical to estimate, to your benefit, the royalties of the copies sold, but this seems to us too complicated to apply.
"Here is an another solution that we can propose to you. We could agree to provide a contract paying you a fixed sum for the overall exploitation of your work, guaranteeing you 40% of the total sale price on all phonograph recordings in the event that your sonata is recorded commercially. Naturally, by this method you will retain, as the composer, the rights of public performances of your work, which will be available to you by The Society of French Authors (SACEM)."
I don't really understand the meaning of these proposals very well, and I'd appreciate your opinion. I feel that it's too vague - I'm going to write to my good friend Henry [sic] Dutilleux, who's well versed in the intricacies of publishing in France.
Assuring you of my sincere friendship,
p.s. Here is the list of my works. E.D.
p.s. I own all the tapes, but it's only possible to send them out sporadically. The tapes of the "String Trio" and "Autumn" belong to the ORTF. The material to "Musique romantique" belongs to Mr. Serge Collot (47 Lake of the Plain, 75-Paris XX, tel. 688-06-55). E.D.
1) Music for 11 Wind Instruments and Timpani
(1961) d[uration] = 7'10".
2) Concerto for Flute, Oboe, Piano and Percussion
(1963) d - 11'10".
3) Soleil des Incas ["The Sun
of the Incas"] for soprano and 11 instrumentalists based on works
by Gabriela Mistral (1964) d = 18'.
4) Chansons italiennes ["Italian
Songs"] for soprano, flute, violin, horn and harpsichord based
on works by Alexandre Blok (1964). d = 19'12".
5) Crescendo and diminuendo for harpsichord and 12 strings (1965). d = 6'. Recorded by "Columbia" on the LP with L. Bernstein (MS 7052; ML 6452 [Editors note: re-released by Sony Classical D29887]).
6) 5 Geschichten vom Herrn Keuner
["Five Stories by Mr. Keuner"] for tenor and 7 instruments
[Eb clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet, trombone, percussion, piano,
contrabass] based on words by Bertohlt Brecht (1966). d = 13'45".
7) Ode for clarinet, piano and percussion
(1968). d = [appx.] 7'-8'.
8) Three Pieces for Four-Handed Piano
(1967). d = 10'55".
9) Pleurs ["Lamentations"]
for soprano, 3 percussionists and piano after popular Russian texts
(1966). d = 29'20".
10) Three Piece for Cello and Piano
(1967). d = [appx.] 6'.
11) Musique romantique [Romantic
Music] for oboe, harp, and string trio (1968). d = 11'.
12) D-S-C-H (tribute to Schostakovitsch
[sic]) for clarinet, trombone, cello and piano (1969). d = 5'22".
13) Wind Quintet (1969). d = [appx.]
= 6-7' (?)
14) Chant des oiseaux ["Birdsong"]
for harpsichord (or prepared piano) and tape (1970).
15) Peinture ["Painting"]
for full orchestra (1970). d = [appx.] 14'.
16) String Trio (1969). d = 10'.
17) Automne (1968) for 13 unaccompanied
voices. d = [appx.] 5-6'.
Chansons italiennes, 5 Geschichten, Pleurs are publicized by Universal Edition.
Translation by Jennie Wood and William Street, University of Alberta
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