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Soviet Aviation Music

Pesni sovetskikh letchikov: dlia massovogo ispolneniia [Songs of Soviet pilots: for group performance].

Moscow: Muzgiz, 1932. Octavo (25 × 18 cm). Original staple-stitched pictorial wrappers; 18 pp. (including wrappers) of musical notations and lyrics. Rust to staple; one gathering detached; old inventory number to front wrapper and title; still about very good.

A musical score with lyrics for seven songs for Soviet pilots, published at a time of rapid expansion of the Soviet Air Force in the 1930s. The collected songs were winners of a competition “for the musical armament of Soviet aviation”, and include music by celebrated Soviet composers such as Nikolai Chemberdzhi, Viktor Belyi, and Aleksander Davidenko, set to the texts of leading poets such as Vladimir Mayakovsky, Nikolai Aseev, and Ilya Frenkel’. The editor, Valentina Ramm (1888–1968), was a Russian and Soviet musician, singer, and composer. A graduate of the Leipzig Conservatory (1908), she later studied vocal performance and composition, teaching and editing numerous musical scores such as this one for Muzgiz (Musical State Publishers) of which she was the editor in the 1930s. Noting is known of I. Agapov (possibly a pseudonym), the designer of the Constructivist-inspired wrappers. Publisher advertising to rear wrapper.

As of March 2022, KVK, OCLC show three copies in North America.

Book ID: 51836

Price: $750.00