1949-1952. First pressings. Box. This extremely scarce collection is comprised of two separate series of audio recordings of acclaimed 20th century American architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Together these two collections constitute the earliest known audio recordings of this pioneering and seminal figure in modern architecture.
The more scarce of these recordings is "Address of Frank Lloyd Wright in accepting the Gold Medal of the A.I.A., Houston, TX, March 17, 1949." The content comprises the full and complete audio recording of the famous, important and somewhat controversial acceptance speech given by the architect upon his receiving the prestigious Gold Medal Award from the American Institute of Architects. It is notable that throughout the speech Wright takes a number of humorous and sly jabs at himself and at the association, and in retrospect the event has been seen as a burying of hatchet between Wright and A.I.A, who had been for many years been on somewhat adversarial terms. In the speech the architect speaks candidly, personally, and philosophically. These vinyl records were pressed by RCA directly from the radio broadcast of the speech by KCRS in Houston, Texas. In total the recording has a running time of roughly 35 minutes, spanning a total of 8 LP sides, pressed on 4 red vinyl LP records (78rpm). It is believed that they were pressed in extremely limited quantities and were likely never sold to the public. Each record is housed a plain brown paper sleeve. This is the earliest known audio recording of Frank Lloyd Wright.
The second collection of recordings officially titled "Frank Lloyd Wright on Architecture"*, was commercially issued by Columbia Records in 1952, although likely in fairly small quantities. These recordings include speeches delivered by the architect, as well as discussions recorded between Frank Lloyd Wright and members of the Taliesin Fellowship on a variety of topics, including the philosophical, professional and moral, all recorded between April 1951 and June 1952. The content is as follows:
Record 1: Sides 1 & 2, "Acoustics" (Recorded at Taliesin West, April 1951) & "Frank Lloyd Wright Improvises on Piano" (Recorded at Taliesin, July 1951). Side 2, "Frank Lloyd Wright Reads Fragments From Walt Whitman (Recorded at Taliesin, August 1951)
Record 2: Sides 1 & 2, "Man or Machine?" (Recorded at Taliesin, July 1951)
Record 3: Sides 1 & 2, "Address to the Junior A.I.A, New York 1952" (Recorded at Taliesin, September, 1952)
Each of these three records is a 33 1/2 rpm microgroove vinyl, and is housed in a heavy stock white cardboard sleeve. All sleeves with black printed lettering and the red square insignia of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation on the front cover.
The records have all been examined, played and professionally cleaned. The 1949 records contain the expected amount of noise and the occasional pops but are, all things considered, quite clean. A few sporadic scratches to the records, but most are light. Side 2 of the second record of the 1952 collection, has more noise and is a bit more scratched. Sleeves in very good+, records in very good condition overall. Records housed in a cardboard box. Extremely scarce. vg to vg+. Item #48400
*The three LP set is also known as "Frank Lloyd Wright Talks To And With The Taliesin Fellowship"