- Levant, Oscar
New Music Society of California, Los Angeles, 1938, Wraps, , , Very Good
48 pp. Full score, reproduction of the composer's manuscript. Dedicated to Arnold Schoenberg, with whom Levant studied composition. Levant was the author of A Smattering of Ignorance, The Memoirs of an Amnesiac, and The Unimportance of Being Oscar as well as composing numerous popular songs.
PROLOGUE: THE WANDERERS
FORGET six countries overhung with smoke, Forget the snorting steam and piston stroke, Forget the spreading of the hideous town; Think rather of the pack-horse on the down, And dream of London, small, and white, and clean, The clear Thames bordered by its gardens green; Think, that below bridge the green lapping waves Smite some few keels that bear Levantine staves, Cut from the yew wood on the burnt-up hill, And pointed jars that Greek hands toiled to fill, And treasured scanty spice from some far sea, Florence gold cloth, and Ypres napery, And cloth of Bruges, and hogsheads of Guienne; While nigh the thronged wharf Geoffrey Chaucer’s pen Moves over bills of lading—mid such times Shall dwell the hollow puppets of my rhymes.William Morris [1834–1896]