Moscow: Izd. avtora: Notopechatnia GIZa, 1927. 4 pp.: music score. 32,2x24,7 cm. In original illustrated wrappers. Spine and one corner repaired, some soiling, otherwise very good.
An interesting design that artist V. Lunin created for a 1920s sheet music brochure. One of 1050 copies.
Foxtrot came to the territory of the USSR during the New Economic Policy. In opposition to the official struggle against this “eccentric bourgeois dance”, it excited minds of progressive youth in the early 20th century. Numerous sheet music brochures were regularly published with avant-garde and constructivist designs by progressive artists.
Since the very beginning, the USSR positioned itself as the state with a friendly attitude towards Black working people in contrast to the entire bourgeois world. Images of African and African-American characters were used in book cover designs throughout the Soviet period. However, sheet music designs featuring Black people is not a common case. More frequently, they turned up in designs by artist Gol’shein, but also Frolov and Rogachev for music scores of jazz compositions and African music.
Not found in Worldcat.