Prelude to Winter/Prelude a l'Hiver: The New Release Booklet, November 1966, No. 25
RCA Record Division, Montreal, Canada, 1966, Wraps, , , Very Good
48 pp. Self-mailed pamphlet with residue from tape closure, addressee, and postal cancellation, Montreal, 25 XI '66, else fine. Booklet is two-sided reading in French from one side and English from the other. A monthly publication. This one featuring a two-page spread on the Mamas and the Papas in the English side and on Lucien Hetu on the French. Photos of the Mamas and the Papas, Lucien Hetu, and Artur Rubinstein at the piano with Leinsdorf conducting, as well as thumb photos of album covers.
PRELUDE From "The New Day"
The night was dark, though sometimes a faint star A little while a little space made bright. The night was dark and still the dawn seemed far, When, o'er the muttering and invisible sea, Slowly, within the East, there grew a light Which half was starlight, and half seemed to be The herald of a greater. The pale white Turned slowly to pale rose, and up the height Of heaven slowly climbed. The gray sea grew Rose-colored like the sky. A white gull flew Straight toward the utmost boundary of the East Where slowly the rose gathered and increased. There was light now, where all was black before: It was as on the opening of a door By one who in his hand a lamp doth hold (Its flame being hidden by the garment's fold), — The still air moves, the wide room is less dim. More bright the East became, the ocean turned Dark and more dark against the brightening sky — Sharper against the sky the long sea line. The hollows of the breakers on the shore Were green like leaves whereon no sun doth shine, Though sunlight make the outer branches hoar. From rose to red the level heaven burned; Then sudden, as if a sword fell from on high, A blade of gold flashed on the ocean's rim.Richard Watson Gilder [1844-1909]