The Art of the Canon Book 1. Moondog, Louis Thomas Hardin.

The Art of the Canon Book 1

NY: Louis Hardin Publishing, [1952]. 26pp. Single page of introductory text followed by 25 pages of musical score. Edges tanned, else very good in publisher's stapled wraps. A previously unknown to us publication from the Viking of Sixth Avenue. Uncommon overall with OCLC showing a single holding. Item #36768

From the introduction: " On February 10, 1952 I was standing on the corner of 53rd and 6th, my favorite spot, when I thought of writing a piece each day for the keyboard, going through all the keys, by way of the chain of perfect fifths, C,a,F,d, etc. ending in C again, making 25 pieces in all, which I hoped I would finish inside of a month." He goes on to note later that he is working on Book II [also unseen by this cataloger].


Louis Thomas Hardin, known as Moondog was a blind American composer, musician, poet who lived as a street musician busking mostly on the corner of 53rd street and 6th avenue and because of his homemade outfit which included a horned helmet, became known among some as the 'Viking of Sixth Avenue". Written off by some as some street eccentric, Hardin's work has influenced such better known composers as Steve Reich and Philip Glass, has had several songs dedicated to him by the likes of Marc Bolan among others.

Uncommon with OCLC showing only three holdings, [one of which we handled].

Price: $850.00

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