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Under Milk Wood

Daniel Jones - Dylan Thomas
Autograph musical manuscript (with editorial annotations) by Dylan Thomas’s lifelong friend Daniel Jones which were reproduced in exact facsimile… Read more
Published in 1954 by Dent.
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Autograph musical manuscript (with editorial annotations) by Dylan Thomas’s lifelong friend Daniel Jones which were reproduced in exact facsimile in the first edition of Under Milk Wood.

Eight pages of manuscript score in the hand of Daniel Jones contained within a large manila envelope with the typed reference number from the Dent publishing archive: ‘UNDER MILK WOOD - Dylan Thomas 74153-74166’. The first four pages cover two individual leaves of pre-printed ‘R.C.I.’ music manuscript paper, recto and verso, a vertical fold close to the margin reducing their size to that of the subsequent bifolium which contains pages 5-8, concluding half way down page 8 as in the printed version. There are several forms of annotation. The pencil notes are editorial: pencilled square brackets are placed around the title with ‘omit’ - the titles are in letterpress in the printed version. Where Jones has run onto the second song at the tail of the first leaf there are instructions to ‘fit up with top of next block’ - again executed in the final version. Additionally there are notes about dimensions, quality of reproduction ‘Keep music lettering v clear’ and in one case an instruction for a couple of smudged notes in Jones’s hand to be corrected: ‘ARTIST make good’ - again executed in the printed version. This pattern of annotation is repeated throughout, interspersed with time references to ‘372 DENT THURS. A.M.’ - perhaps a meeting. A final layer of annotation is a sequence of biro numbers from 74153-74165 which relates to the page divisions in the final text. An additional item hidden in the envelope is the original pencil design for the spine lettering, as executed, of the printed work. Provenance: Dent publishing archive.

These sheets represent Daniel Jones’s last draft of the music that he composed to accompany his friend’s ‘finished version’ of the work which appeared a few months after Thomas’s death in November 1953.


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Publisher Dent
Date published 1954
Product code 7651


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