“TO MY KNOWLEDGE NO BOOK HAS EVER BEEN WRITTEN WHICH ACTUALLY TOLD HOW TO MAKE AN ARRANGEMENT”: GLENN MILLLER’S METHOD, EXTREMELY SCARCE SIGNED
MILLER, Glenn. Glenn Miller's Method for Orchestral Arranging. New York: Mutual Music Society, (1943). Quarto, original gilt-stamped red cloth. Housed in custom half morocco clamshell box. $3800.
First edition, inscribed by the composer on the front free endpaper, “Sincerely Glenn Miller,” extremely scarce signed.
In a patriotic gesture in the fall of 1942, Glenn Miller disbanded his group to join the army. His mysterious death—he boarded a plane to Paris on December 15, 1944 and was never seen again—only added to his legend. This work on Miller's style of arranging includes sections on saxophone, trumpet, trombone, brass, and rhythm. With an Instrument Chart and 29 musical examples, including the piano-vocal score to the song "I'm Thrilled." Given his untimely death, Miller's signature is exceptionally scarce. Without two inserts of facsimile scores for "I'm Thrilled" and "Song of the Volga Boatmen." Without the two scores ("I'm Thrilled" and "Song of the Volga Boatmen") that were laid in by the publisher. Two ink notations to front free endpaper.
Miller's signature bold and clear. Some light wear to original cloth. Handsomely boxed.