Lot 835: Thelonious Monk

RR Auction

RR Auction

2015-07-27 11:44:26

Lot 835: Idiosyncratic pianist, composer, and arranger (1917–1982) who takes a place among the most innovative and influential figures of modern jazz. DS, one page both sides, 8.5 x 11, February 6, 1945. Agreement between Monk and Monogram Music to publish Monk's song entitled 'Ruby,' receiving royalties of three cents per copy for sheet music or orchestrations and "50% of the net amount of all royalties from commercial phonograph records, transcriptions, synchronizing fees, or foreign royalties which are received by the Publisher from the exploitation of the Composition." Nicely signed on the reverse in fountain pen and countersigned by Walter Fuller. Written adjacent to the typed title of the song in an unknown hand, "Manhatan [sic] Moods," the song's original title. Punch holes to top edge, scattered small edge tears and chips, and three horizontal creases, otherwise fine condition. Originally dubbed 'Manhattan Moods,' Monk changed the name of the song to 'Ruby' as an ode to Rubie Richardson—the best friend of his older sister Marion and Monk's first love—and for the simple reason that he deemed it a better fit. First recorded in 1947 and then redone in 1950 as a feature for his early mentor, saxophonist Coleman Hawkins, the song is often regarded as Monk's most romantic piece. RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 458 Wednesday, 12th August 2015 Estimate: $1500-2000
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