Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Jean-Jacques Sempé's Vaguement Compétitif Signed with a Musical Drawing

Jean-Jacques Sempé's Vaguement Compétitif [Vaguely Competitive] was published by Denoël in 1985. In the year of publication, Sempé inscribed a copy to musician John Philips with a drawing of a concert pianist approaching his instrument. The book was sold by Dunaway Books of St. Louis, MO on September 25, 2007 for $90 on eBay.


Jean-Jacques Sempé, Vaguement Compétitif, Denoël, 1985

Inscribed "Pour John Philips, J. J. Sempé 1985" with a drawing of a man walking to a piano
Jean-Jacques Sempé,
 Vaguement Compétitif, Denoël, 1985


Book recipient John Philips performed in the suite by Darius Milhaud on a 1962 recording.
Messiaen:  Fete des Belles Eaux
Milhaud:  Suite pour Piano et ondes Martenot
J. Charpentier Lalita (pour Martenot et percussion)
Jeanne Loriod, ondes Martenot and musical direction
John Philips, piano
Didier Duclos, percussion
France, 1962

Inscribed "Pour John Philips, J. J. Sempé 1985" with a drawing of a musician walking to a concert piano
Jean-Jacques Sempé,
 Vaguement Compétitif, Denoël, 1985



Note:  I'm the first to admit that original works by Jean-Jacques Sempé don't appear enough on this blog, so who has something good to share here?


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