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ABBA (1972-1982)

Fine and rare vintage signed photograph

 Swedish pop group formed in Stockholm in 1972 by Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad. They became one of the most commercially successful acts in the history of popular music. Fine color cardstock promo photo.  5.75 x 4.25 inch, n.p., n.d. Signed in blue ballpoint by Benny, Agnetha, Anni-Frid and Björn. In fine condition.

 

Price: $ 1,050 / € 825

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Baker, Josephine (1906-1975)

Wonderful vintage signed photograph

American-born French dancer, singer and actress. Vintage signed and inscribed photograph “Josephine Baker”. Black and white glossy photograph, 7.0 x 9.0 inch, n.p., 1938, blue ink. Photo by Murray Korman, N.Y. Fine inscribed and dated in French to a “Monsieur Rolande” in Baker’s hand. Handling wear, minor mounting residue on verso, else fine condition. Photo shows Baker in one of her extravagant and sexy costumes.

 

 

Price: $ 760 / € 590

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Baker, Josephine (1906-1975)

Signed photograph

American-born French dancer, singer and actress. Vintage signed photograph “Love you Josephine Baker 1973”. 8.0 x 10.0 inch, n.p., 1973. The imaged depicting Baker in a half-length pose in costume as Zazou Clairon from the comedy film The French Way (1945). Signed in blue ink to a clear area of the image. With a horizontal crease to the centre of the image, and a small crease to the lower left corner, else good condition.

 

 

Price: $ 490 / € 380

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Baker, Josephine (1906-1975)

Signature matted with photograph

American-born French dancer, singer and actress. Signature “Josephine Baker”. 1p., piece of paper with “China” printed in the upper left corner, 7.25 x 4.7.5 inch. Additional salutation in Baker’s hand: “Avec mes meilleurs souvenir” and dated by her “1946”. Handsomely matted in green with a photograph to an overall of 8.25 x 11.5 inch. Good condition.

Price: $ 310 / € 240

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Berlioz, Hector (1803-1869)

Autograph letter signed

French Romantic composer. Autograph letter signed “H. Berlioz”. 5.25 x 8.25 inch, (Paris), 1857 April 1. To Alphonse Royer, director of the Paris opera. In French, in full: “Je ne suis pas libre ce soir, il m’est impossible de profiter de la place que vous m’avez réservée pour le Ballet. Je vous renvoie donc le billet. Mais, s’il n’y a pas une grosse indiscrétion à vous demander deux places pour Lundi, veuillez me les envoyer.” Mailing folds, handling wear, note in a different hand at the top, else good condition.

Price: $ 1,090 / € 850

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Caruso, Enrico (1873-1921)

Uncommon signed cabinet-photograph

World renowned Italian tenor usually considered the greatest operatic tenor ever, and he was the first opera star to make best-selling recordings, beginning around 1903, which are still in print to this day. Desirable and uncommon cabinet-photograph signed “Enrico Caruso”. 4.0 x 6.25 inch, Berlin 1906. Signed and inscribed in French with a date of Berlin 1906. Published by T. Massak of Prague. Mounted to a same size piece of paper, else fine. Unusual, Caruso is more common in signed postcard-photos.

Price: $ 590 / € 490

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Chevalier, Maurice (1888-1972)

Vintage large signed photograph

French actor, cabaret singer and entertainer. Vintage signed photograph, probably from a concert program. 8.75 x 12.0 inch, n.p., n.d. Signed in ballpoint pen “Maurice Chevalier”. Left border trimmed, slightly discolored, minor handling wear, else good condition.

Price: $ 115 / € 90

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Debussy, Claude (1862-1918)

Autograph letter signed to pianist Walter Morse Rummel

French composer and one of the most influential composers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Autograph letter signed “Claude Debussy”. 2 pages, recto and verso of a card, 5.0 x 3.5 inch, Paris (postmark), 1916 November 26. PREPARING FOR EUROPEAN PREMIERE OF "THE ÉTUDES". To pianist Walter Morse Rummel, agreeing to the date of December 14, authorizing him to describe the occasion as the "first audition of the Études of C.D." reporting that his wife remains ill, and requesting that the sixteenth-notes not be disturbed until they arrive. Accompanied by the original mailing envelope hand addressed in Debussy’s hand. Fine condition. Walter Morse Rummel (1887-1953) was a prominent pianist, especially associated with Claude Debussy's works, as well as a composer and music editor. Fine, especially with the hand addressed envelope.

Price: $ 3,290 / € 2.650

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Dvořák, Antonín (1841-1904)

Important document signed (from the National Conservatory of Music in America)

Czech composer and one of the first to achieve worldwide recognition, most famous for his Symphony No. 9 - From the New World. Partly printed document signed, payment receipt, signed “Antonín Dvořák”. 1p., 8.5 x 3.25 inch, New York, 1894 February 1. Filled out in another hand and signed by Dvořák in dark black ink. In full: “Received from the National Conservatory of Music in America, Nine Hundred + Thirty-seven 50/100 Dollars, for January salary/ 937 50/100”. Staple holes, folded in the middle, else fine condition. From 1892 to 1895, Dvořák was the director of the National Conservatory of Music in New York City. He began at a then-staggering $15,000 annual salary. The Conservatory had been founded by Jeannette Thurber who made it open to women and black students as well as white men, which was unusual for the times. Dvořák's original contract provided for three hours a day of work, including teaching and conducting, six days a week, with four months vacation each summer. The Panic of 1893, a severe economic depression, depleted the assets of the Thurber family and other patrons of the Conservatory. In 1894 Dvořák's salary was cut to $8000 per year and moreover was paid only irregularly. Only some month earlier in 1893 Dvořák composed his Symphony No. 9 - the so called “New World Symphony”. Fine and important association autograph.

Price: $ 3,575 / € 2.750

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Furtwängler, Wilhelm (1886-1954)

Autograph postcard signed

Highly regarded German conductor and composer. Autograph postcard signed “Wilhelm Furtwängler”. Postcard, 5.25 x 3.25 inch. Bern, 1923 April 26 (postmark). Addressed to the singer Mary Komorn-Rebhan in Vienna. Furtwängler sends holiday greetings. In German, in full: "Liebe Frau Komorn, die allerschönsten Grüße von einer Kunstreise. Immer Ihr Wilhelm Furtwängler“. The photo page shows a view of Bern. Upper right edge expertly repaired, else good condition.

Price: $ 525 / € 420

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Grieg, Edvard (1843-1907)

Photograph signed

Norwegian composer and pianist. He is widely considered one of the leading Romantic era composers, and his music is part of the standard classical repertoire worldwide. Signed postcard photograph “Edvard Grieg”. Magnificent matte-finish postcard photo of Grieg, 3.5 x 5.5 inch, n.p., n.d. Photo shows Grieg in a noble bust-length pose, signed neatly in the lower border in fountain pen. Minor handling wear, else fine condition.

Price: $ 1,810 / € 1.450

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Grieg, Edvard (1843-1907)

Excellent signed photograph

Norwegian composer and pianist. He is widely considered one of the leading Romantic era composers, and his music is part of the standard classical repertoire worldwide. Postcard photograph signed “Edvard Grieg” and dated in his hand “München (Munich) 6/4 07”. 3.5 x 5.5 inch, Munich 1907 April 6 (postmark and written by Grieg). Artist lithograph - Heinrich Kley (1863-1945): Munich, view of the Maximilianeum. Fine condition. His last concerts were played by Grieg in 1907 (Oslo, Copenhagen, Munich, Berlin and Kiel). A fine and rare document from his year of death.

 

 

Price: $ 975 / € 750

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Hendrix, Jimi (1942-1970)

Card signed and matted with photograph “Love Jimi Hendrix”

American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter. Widely regarded as one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of popular music surely one of the most celebrated musicians of the 20th century. Signed card “Love Jimi Hendrix”. 1p., 4.75 x 3.0 inch, n.p., n.d. Signed in red ballpoint pen. Fine condition. Handsomely matted in gray with a photograph of Hendrix to an overall of 7.75 x 11.75 inch. Both items removable affixed with photo corners. Beautiful display piece. Comes like all my autographs with an Andreas Wiemer Historical autographs COA and additionally with a Beckett Letter of Authenticity.

 

 

Price: $ 4,485 / € 3.450

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Humperdinck, Engelbert (1854-1921)

Autograph postcard signed

German composer, best known for his opera Hansel and Gretel. Autograph postcard signed “EHumperdinck”. Postcard, 3.5 x 5.5 inch, Berlin, 1906 February 3. Addressed to Rich(ard) Rühle-Zechlin in Berlin. Answering his inquiry about the music to “The Merchant (of Venice)”. In German: “Auf Ihre Anfrage bez. der Musik zum ‘Kaufmann’ teile ich Ihnen mit, das dieselbe noch nicht erschienen ist, jedoch noch im Laufe des Winters von mir herausgegeben werden wird.“ Translated: „… I inform you that it has not yet appeared, but that will be published by me in the course of this winter“. Handling wear, else good condition.

 

 

Price: $ 430 / € 350

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Lehár, Franz (1870-1948)

Signed photograph

Austro-Hungarian composer. He is mainly known for his operettas, of which the most successful and best known is The Merry Widow (Die lustige Witwe). Signed postcard photograph. 5.5 x 3.5 inch, black and white photograph by Gutmann, Vienna, signed in dark black ink. Photo shows Lehár leaning to his piano. Handling wear, else good condition.

 

Price: $ 250 / € 190

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Liszt, Franz (1811-1886)

Letter signed

Hungarian Romantic era composer, virtuoso pianist and conductor. His prowess at the keyboard earned him a reputation as perhaps the greatest virtuoso in the history of the instrument. Letter signed “F. Liszt”. 1p., bifolium, 5.5 x 8.75 inch, Weimar, 1885 July 26. Fine letter signed to an unknown lady. Liszt informs the lady that he always makes music on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 4.00 to 6.00 p.m. and that she is welcome to participate. In German, in full: “Geehrtes Fräulein! Montags, Mittwochs und Freitags jede Woche Nachmittags 4-6 Uhr wird bei bey mir viel Musik gemacht, der Sie nach Gefallen und Auswahl beiwohnen mögen. Hochachtungsvoll und Ergeben.“ Mailing folds, slightly discolored, else fine condition.

 

Price: $ 2,145 / € 1.650

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Liszt, Franz  (1811-1886)

Autograph letter signed on his personal visiting card

Hungarian Romantic era composer, virtuoso pianist and conductor. His prowess at the keyboard earned him a reputation as perhaps the greatest virtuoso in the history of the instrument. Autograph letter signed “F. Liszt”. 1p., visiting card, 2.75 x 4.5 inch, n.p., n.d. Short autograph letter signed on his personal visiting card with printed „F. Liszt” in the middle. In German, in full: “Hochgeehrter Freund, Empfangen Sie freundlichst Herrn Baumeister, ein liebenswürdig ausgezeichneter Künstler, ergebenst.” Translated: "Dear friend. Please welcome Mr. Baumeister, a graciously honored artist.” Fine condition.

 

 

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Liszt, Franz (1811-1886)

Unique autograph note on his personal visiting card

Hungarian Romantic era composer, virtuoso pianist and conductor. His prowess at the keyboard earned him a reputation as perhaps the greatest virtuoso in the history of the instrument. Autograph note unsigned. A fine handwritten note in French on his personal visiting card, 4.5 x 3.0 inch, imprinted with his name, n.p., n.d. In full (translated): "With great pleasure, dear Count, I will come to your house today, 5 o'clock. Your affectionate servant." And dated “Samedi” (Saturday) in his hand at the bottom. At the end of his printed name, Liszt has penned the long, squiggly line typically used to cross the “t” in his signature. In fine condition, with a faint block of toning. A unique and desirable Liszt piece.

Price: $ 1,650 / € 1.325

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Liszt, Franz (1811-1886)

Handwritten envelope addressed to famous pianist Anton Door

Hungarian Romantic era composer, virtuoso pianist and conductor. His prowess at the keyboard earned him a reputation as perhaps the greatest virtuoso in the history of the instrument. Handwritten envelope, 4.5 x 2.75 inch, Paris 1876 December 4 (postmark), black bordered morning envelope. Addressed by Liszt to "Anton Door professor at the Vienna Conservatory Wien". Handsomely matted in gray with a photograph of Liszt to an overall of 7.75 x 11.75 inch. Envelope removable affixed with photo corners. Uneven right border, else fine condition. Anton Door (1833-1919) was a student of Karl Czerny and began his concert career in 1850, touring Italy and Germany. In Stockholm he was appointed pianist to the Swedish royal court, before becoming professor of piano studies at the Moscow Conservatory from 1866 to 1869, where he taught alongside Tchaikovsky. In 1869 he returned to his homeland as a professor at the Vienna Conservatory, where he remained until 1901. In 1868 Tchaikovsky dedicate his piano piece Valse-Caprice, Op. 4 to Anton Door.

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Mascagni, Pietro (1863-1945)

Wonderful signed photo & autograph musical quotation signed

Italian composer whose 1890 masterpiece Cavalleria Rusticana takes a place among the most beloved staples of the operatic repertoire. Signed photograph “P. Mascagni Venezia - 28.7.(1)928”. Portrait-postcard, 3.25 x 5.25 inch, addressed in Mascagni’s hand to Otto Görner in Vienna. Photo by Fayer, Vienna. On verso a fine handwritten autograph musical quotation signed from his masterpiece. A fine 4-bar quotation from the intermezzo of “Cavalleria Rusticana”. Fine condition.

Price: $ 1,090 / € 850

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Meyerbeer, Giacomo (1791-1864)

Autograph letter signed

German opera composer who has been described as perhaps the most successful stage composer of the nineteenth century. Autograph letter signed “Meyerbeer”. 1p. (bifolium), 5.25 x 8.5 inch, n.p., n.d. (Lundi = monday). Addressed on recto in Meyerbeer’s hand to the Politician and playwright Charles Guillaume Étienne (1777-1845) - member Académie francaise. In French, Meyerbeer writes that he will accept Étienne’s invitation for the coming Friday morning. Discolored, handling wear, else good condition.

Price: $ 585 / € 455

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Montand, Yves (1921-1991)

Vintage large signed photograph

Italian-French actor and singer. Vintage signed photograph, probably from a concert program. 8.75 x 12.0 inch, n.p., n.d. Signed in ballpoint pen “YMontand”. Left border trimmed, minor handling wear, else good condition.

Price: $ 115 / € 90

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Offenbach, Jacques (1819-1880)

Autograph letter signed

French composer best known for his popular stage works, most notably Orpheus in the Underworld (including the famous “Can-Can”) and The Tales of Hoffmann. Autograph letter signed “Jacques Offenbach”. 1p. (bifolium), on “Theatre Des Bouffes Parisiens” stationery. Paris, n.d. Addressed on verso by Offenbach to Monsieur Perrin. In French, untranslated. Mailing folds, else fine condition. Excellent full signature.

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Paderewski, Ignacy Jan (1860-1941)

Autograph musical quotation signed

Polish pianist and composer, politician and spokesman for Polish independence. Excellent autograph musical quotation signed "I. J. Paderewski, 20/IX 1904". 1p., 5.0 x 3.0 inch sheet of paper (visible), signed below in fountain pen. Paderewski pens four bars from Act II. of his opera "Manru" and penning the title above. Handsomely matted in gray with a vintage photograph of Paderewski to an overall of 7.75 x 11.75 inch. Handling wear, vertical fold, photograph has a small bend, else good condition.

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Paderewski, Ignacy Jan (1860-1941)

One of a kind original drawing signed

Polish pianist and composer, politician and spokesman for Polish independence. Original ink drawing signed “I. J. Paderewski”. Portrait in profile to the left, in medallion form, mounted on hand made paper, 4.75 x 6.75 inch, n.p., n.d. Drawing initial signed EM. (E. Martin). Signed in black ink. Mounting residue on verso, else fine condition. One of a kind item.

Price: $ 730 / € 590

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Paganini, Niccolò (1782-1840)

Fine content autograph letter signed

Italian violinist, violist, guitarist, and composer. He was the most celebrated violin virtuoso of his time, and left his mark as one of the pillars of modern violin technique. Very rare autograph letter signed “Niccolo Paganini”. 1p., bifolium, 4.75 x 7.0 inch, Paris, 1838 August 11. Addressed by Paganini on the integral address page to a “Monsig. Sina”. A fine and personal content letter to a friend. In Italian, translated, in full: “Your very appreciated letter of the 30th past, is so dear to my heart that I will preserve it as a jewel. My consolation is great in hearing you have been reestablished in health by the sea baths, which I beg you to continue. I am always sick and shall not have the pleasure to press you to my heart at Bologna, but I hope at Paris for your return. I recommend to you warmly my friend Mr. Degroot, who you already know as a very amiable person and celebrated artist of the clarinet. I am very grateful for the memory that the ladies and gentlemen which you mention to me, preserve of me. I beg you to give them my thanks and respects. If you will give me your further news you will cause me the greatest pleasure. Receive an embrace from my son, and an affectionate embrace from your very affectionate friend." Mailing folds, handling wear, else good condition. A scarce and desirable handwritten letter from the violin virtuoso.

Price: $ 5,575 / € 4.450

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Paganini, Niccolò (1782-1840)

Rare letter signed written in Frankfurt

Italian violinist, violist, guitarist, and composer. He was the most celebrated violin virtuoso of his time, and left his mark as one of the pillars of modern violin technique. Very rare letter signed “Niccolo Paganini”. 1p., bifolium, 8.5 x 10.0 inch, Frankfurt, 1830 July 30. Letter in Frech to J. P. Belli, the payment of nine hundred florins to Doctor Reinganum. Endorsed at the bottom by Dr. Reinganum to indicate receipt of payment. In very good condition, with professional repaired tear to the upper left edge and spotty overall discoloration, not affecting readability. Fine and rare letter!

 

Price: $ 3,680 / € 2.950

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Puccini, Giacomo (1858-1924)

Autograph letter signed to the painter Charlotte Popert

Italian composer whose operas are among the important operas played as standards. Autograph letter signed “Giacomo Puccini”. 5.0 x 3.5 inch card, Rome (Grand-Hotel), 1908 March 31. Fine embossed eagle at the top of the card. To the painter Charlotte Popert (1848-1922), who lives in Rome and who had invited him to her studio. In Italian, in full: “Mi voglio scusare se la ristrettezza del tempo non mi permette di venire ad ammirare I suoi lavori – debbo partire domattina! Ed oggi sono occupatissimo!...”. In fine condition. A letter from the violinist Teresina Tua (1866-1956), also directed to Charlotte Popert, Rome 1913 (thanks for "la deliziosa Madonnina") is included.

 

Price: $ 1,260 / € 975

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Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai (1844-1908)

Letter signed regarding his opera Snégourotchka

Russian composer, he was a master of orchestration. His best-known orchestral compositions are Capriccio Espagnol, the Russian Easter Festival Overture and the symphonic suite Scheherazade. Excellent letter signed “Nicolas Rimsky-Korsakow”. 2 pages, bifolium, 4.5 x 7.0 inch, St. Petersburg, 1907 October 22 (9 of the Julian calendar). To theatre and opera director Albert Carré (1852-1938). Letter written eight months before his death. He regrets that his opera Snégourotchka (The Snow Maiden) has been refused by the Opéra-Comique (momentarily since it will be performed a few months later). In Frech, in full: “Votre décision de ne pas monter ma Snégourotchka, à cause des prétentions cupides et sans tacte de Mr. Bessel, m’est, certainement, très pénible. Sans doute les opéras russes, pour être représentés doivent être choisis par leur éditeurs et non pas leur auteurs; les autres deux gros éditeurs russes - M.M. Jurgenson et Beliaïeff n’auraient pas agi comme Bessel. Je transmettrai à Mr. Bessel le contenu de votre dernière lettre. Il pourra, s’il veut, entrer en relation avec Mr. Lalo; peut-être vous fera-t-il de nouvelles propositions, mais plus raisonnables. En tous cas je m’abstiens de toute intervention dans cette affaire. J’espère, Cher Monsieur Carrè, que vous avez vu que j’ai fait tout mon possible pour vous aider - que faire, puisque mes efforts se sont brisés contre les actes de Mr Bessel. Pour réagir contre cela je n’ai aucun droit juridique. Je vous remercie infiniment d’avoir eu l’idée de faire représenter ma Snégourotchka sur la scène de l’Opéra Comique. Recevez, Cher Monsieur, mes salutations les plus sincères, Votre tout dévoué Sagorodny.28.” Translated: “Your decision not to stage my Snegourotchka, because of Mr. Bessel's greedy and tactless pretensions, is certainly very painful to me. No doubt Russian operas, in order to be represented, must be chosen by their publishers and not their authors; the other two big Russian publishers - M.M. Jurgenson and Beliaïeff would not have acted like Bessel. I will pass on the contents of your last letter to Mr. Bessel. He can, if he wishes, enter into a relationship with Mr. Lalo (Pierre Lalo, music critic and translator, 1866-1943); perhaps he will make you new, but more reasonable, proposals. In any case, I refrain from any intervention in this matter. I hope, Dear Mr. Carrè, that you have seen that I have done all I can to help you - what to do, since my efforts failed against the actions of Mr. Bessel. To react against this I have no legal right. Thank you very much for having had the idea of having my Snegourotchka performed on the stage of the Opéra Comique. Receive, Dear Sir, my most sincere greetings”. The Snow Maiden (Snégourotchka) is an opera in four acts with a prologue by Rimsky-Korsakov, composed during 1880-1881. The Russian libretto, by the composer, is based on the like-named play by Alexander Ostrovsky (which had premiered in 1873 with incidental music by Tchaikovsky). The first performance of Rimsky-Korsakov's opera took place at the Mariinsky Theatre, Saint Petersburg on 29 January 1882. It remained the composer's own favorite work. Mailing fold, else excellent condition.

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Rossini, Gioachino (1792-1868)

Great carte-de-visite photograph signed

Italian composer. His best-known operas include the Italian comedies “Il barbiere di Siviglia” (The Barber of Seville). Great original carte-de-visite photograph signed. Inscribed by Rossini in Italian: “Ricordo d'amicizia offerta al Dr. G(iovanni) B(attista) Zampironi, Passy - 1862. G. Rossini”. 2.5 x 3.75 inch, Passy (Rossinis home between 1855-1868). Photo by Ét.(ienne) Carjat printed in the lower left corner. Giovanni Battista Zampironi (1836-1906) was an Italian pharmacist, known for being the inventor of the zampirone. Étienne Carjat (1828-1906) was a French journalist, caricaturist and photographer, best known for his numerous portraits and caricatures of political, literary and artistic Parisian figures. Mounting residue on verso, two small pin holes, horizontal bend, but photographers mount not broken, else good condition.

 

Price: $ 2,390 / € 1.850

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Rossini, Gioachino (1792-1868)

Autographed letter signed

Italian composer. His best-known operas include the Italian comedies “Il barbiere di Siviglia” (The Barber of Seville). Autographed letter signed “G. Rossini”. 1p., 5.75 x 8.0 inch. Bologna, 1838 December 26. To Emilio Belgioioso recommending a fine young composer and singing master Maestro Ostotti. In Italian, in full: “Carissimo Emilio Il giovine Maestro Ostotti ti consegnerà la presente. Egli è buono compositore, accompagnatore e precettor di canto. Tu devi fare la sua fortuna come hai fatta quella di tanti attori, da bravo proteggi il mio raccomandato, proponilo a tutte le sedi, fallo comporre qualcosa per te, canta la sua musica giova q questo interessante artista e sia certo obligherai oltremondo l’antico e costante tuo amico.” Translated: “Dearest Emilio Young maestro Ostotti is the bearer of this letter. He is a good composer, accompanist, and singing teacher. You have to make his fortune as you have made the fortune of so many actors, be good and protect my protégé, propose him everywhere, have him compose something for you, sing his music be helpful to this interesting artist and be sure you will oblige immensely the old and constant friend of yours.” Mailing folds, else fine condition.

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Rossini, Gioachino (1792-1868)

Letter signed to famous tenor Marco Bordogni

Italian composer. His best-known operas include the Italian comedies “Il barbiere di Siviglia” (The Barber of Seville). Letter signed “Gioachino Rossini”. 2 pages, 6.75 x 8.5 inch, bifolium, n.p., 1854 December 30. Letter handwritten by Rossini’s second wife Olympe Pélissier and signed by Rossini with his rare full signature. Letter in French to “Mon cher Bordogni” in Paris. In this fine letter Rossini recommend Mr. Servadio, director of the Journal L’Arte in Florence. In parts: “Je me sert de la main de ma femme pour te recommander Monsieur Servadio, directeur du journal de L'Arte de florence compositeur de musique et agent correspondant theatrial!...” Giulio Marco Bordogni (1789-1856) was an Italian operatic tenor and singing teacher of great popularity and success. Olympe Pélissier (1799-1878) was a French artists' model, courtesan and the second wife of Rossini.

Price: $ 1,460 / € 1.125

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Rubinstein, Anton (1829-1894)

Autograph letter signed “Musique oblige”

Russian pianist, composer and conductor. Autograph letter signed “Ant Rubinstein”. 1p. (double-page), 5.25 x 8.25 inch. N.p., n.d. To an unnamed countess regarding the cancellation of an appointment. In German: “Musikalische Hindernisse machen es mir leider ganz unmöglich Sie morgen bei mir zu Tische zu sehen. …  Auch bitte ich Sie dasselbe Frau von Bülow wissen zu lassen deren Adresse ich nicht weiß - ein Wort Antwort erbitte ich und auch Verzeihung! Aber ‘musique oblige’”. Mailing folds, else fine condition.

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Saint-Saëns, Camille (1835-1921)

Autograph letter signed re: his opera Henry VIII.

French composer, organist, conductor and pianist of the Romantic era. His best-known works include the opera Samson and Delilah (1877) and The Carnival of the Animals (1886). Fine autograph letter signed “C. Saint-Saens”. 3pp., (bifolium), 5.0 x 6.5 inch, Cannes, 1901 December 13, in French to a lady. Starts with condolences and ends with the words that he will not forget all that he owes to his incomparable creation of Henry VIII. Mailing folds, handling wear, else good condition. Henry VIII. is an opera in four acts by Saint-Saëns with its first performance on 5 March 1883 at the Académie Nationale de Musique.

 

 

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Schumann, Clara (1819-1896)

Autograph note on her visiting card matted

German pianist, composer and piano teacher. Regarded as one of the most distinguished pianists of the Romantic era. Autograph note UNSIGNED. Personal visiting card printed “Frau Clara Schumann”, 3.5 x 2.25 inch, Frankf.(urt), (18)95 Jan(uary) 2. A fine thank you note in dark black ink. In German, in full: “mit Dank für freundliche Wünsche und herzlicher Erwiderung derselben“. Fine condition. Handsomely matted in gray with a photograph of Schumann to an overall of 7.75 x 11.75 inch. Both items removable affixed with photo corners.

Price: $ 980 / € 790

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Schumann, Clara (1819-1896)

Handwritten envelope matted with photograph

German pianist, composer and piano teacher. Regarded as one of the most distinguished pianists of the Romantic era. Handwritten envelope, 4.0 x 2.75 inch, n.p., n.d. (Frankfurt). Addressed in dark black ink in Schumann’s hand “Herrn u. Frau Georg Goltermann hier (Frankfurt) 139 Grüneburgweg“. Fine condition. Handsomely matted in gray with a photograph of Schumann to an overall of 7.75 x 11.75 inch. Both items removable affixed with photo corners.

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Sibelius, Jean (1865-1957)

Typed letter signed

Finnish composer and violinist of the late Romantic and early-modern periods. He is widely recognized as his country's greatest composer. Typed letter signed “Jean Sibelius”. 1p. (bifolium), 5.75 x 8.25 inch, Järvenpää, 1949 December 30. Signed in pencil. To Miss Katharine Cornell. In full: “You have been extremely kind in remembering me again on my birthday with excellent cigars through the American Arts Foundation. The cigars have arrived here in perfect condition and I need not say that they were very welcome. Please accept my warmest thanks for your great kindness. You have made me very happy and proud. With kindest regards and best wishes for the new year.” Mailing folds, handling wear, else good condition.

 

Price: $ 1,050 / € 810

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Spontini, Gaspare (1774-1851)

Fine content autograph letter signed

Italian opera composer and conductor. Excellent and unusual autograph letter signed “Spontini”. 1p., 8.25 x 10.25 inch, Berlin, 1831 June 26. In French. A cleanly written letter in bold black ink by Spontini, stating in part: “I have visited you and have verbally responded to all your letter points, I am however ready to answer again whenever you wish so in presence of witnesses…In the meantime your threat do not frighten me at all, they can return to you...” Spontini concludes explaining that his witnesses are many and most respectable and important people. With small traces from previous affixing to the upper and lower edges, not affecting the text nor the signature.

Price: $ 765 / € 610

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Stravinsky, Igor (1882-1971)

Wonderful signed portrait  

Composer, pianist, and conductor. Widely considered one of the most important and influential composers of the 20th century. Wonderful signed portrait “Igor Stravinsky”. Program, 12 pages (recto and verso), 8.25 x 9.25 inch, Concert program for the gala concert “Musica Viva”, 1957 October 4, German Museum Munich. Signed inside the program in blue ballpoint pen. Fine condition.

 

 

Price: $ 985 / € 760

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Verdi, Giuseppe (1813-1901)

Autograph letter signed

Italian composer of operas. Autograph letter signed “G. Verdi”. 1p., 5.5 x 8.5 inch. Torino, 1861 November 26. To his lawyer Ercolano Balestra in Parma. Blind embossed coat of arms at the top - “Camera dei Deputati” of the first Italian Parliament, to which Verdi belonged as a member. Written before his departure to St. Petersburg for the performance of his new opera „La forza del destino“ In Italian: “Avrei voluto parlargli prima di partire, ma non ho avuto tempo di venire a Parma… Glimando 20 Nap. d’oro… Di fretta le dico addio a rivederci in Marzo se non gelerò. Mi scriva con qust indirizzo/ Monsieur Verdi/ au Théatre Italien/ Russie/ St. Petersbourg”. Mailing folds, slightly discolored, minor stains, else good condition. La forza del destino (The Power of Fate or often translated The Force of Destiny) is a Italian opera by Verdi and  was first performed in the Bolshoi Kamenny Theatre of Saint Petersburg, Russia, on 10 November 1862.

Price: $ 3,780 / € 3.150

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Wagner, Richard (1813-1883)

Excellent signature matted with photograph

German composer, theater director and conductor who is primarily known for his operas especially “The Ring of the Nibelung”. Large and bold ink signature "Richard Wagner”. Off-white piece of paper, 4.0 x 1.5 inch, with a French inscription in another hand. Matted with a portrait of Wagner to an overall size of 12.0 x 9.0 inch. With a vertical fold and small mounting remnants at the bottom corners, else fine.

 

Price: $ 2,185 / € 1.750

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Weber, Carl Maria von (1786-1826)

Autograph letter signed regarding his jubilation cantata op. 58

German composer, conductor, pianist, guitarist and critic and one of the first significant composers of the Romantic school. Autograph letter signed “CMvWeber”. 1p., 7.75 x 8.0 inch, Dresden, 1818 August 5. Addressed on verso in Weber`s hand to the publisher Carl Friedrich Peters in Leipzig to whom he offers his jubilation cantata op. 58 for print. In German, in full: “…Die Jubiläumsfeyer unsres erhabenen Monarchen muß jedes treuen Unterthanen Gefühl erheben und bethätigen zu lauten Beweisen desselben. Fried(rich) Kind hat mir eine Kantate gedichtet, die ich hier aufzuführen gedenke, es aber zugleich zweckmäßig fände wenn selbe als ein Kunstdenkmal in aller Sachsen Hände kommen könnte. Wollen Sie die Herausgabe der Partitur übernehmen? ich habe es für eine freundliche Pflicht gehalten Sie vor Allen bei diesem ehrenvollen Unternehmen zu befragen. Antworten Sie mir bald und bestimmt, und verzeihen Sie die Eile zu der mich meine Geschäfte zwingen.“ Mailing folds, left margin irregular, else good condition. The premiere took place to Weber's disappointment not on 20 September. But only three days later to the "Besten der Armen (best of the poor)" in the church of Neustadt. The first printing took place at Schlesinger in Berlin. Carl-Maria-von-Weber-Gesamtausgabe (Carl-Maria-von-Weber-collected works), Digitale Edition (digital edition.), http://webergesamtausgabe.de/A041441.

Price: $ 4,875 / € 3.750

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Weber, Carl Maria von (1786-1826)

Handwritten envelope to his wife

German composer, conductor, pianist, guitarist and critic and one of the first significant composers of the Romantic school. Mailing envelope, unsigned, 9.0 x 6.25 inch unfolded, (18)24 July 16 (postmark). Addressed in the hand of Carl Maria von Weber to his wife "Freyfrau Carolina von Weber, Dresden, in Hosterwitz bei Pillnitz.” Vertical on the left side a note in different hand, in German: “Diese Adresse ist von der Hand Carl Maria von Weber’s (an seine Frau) von derselben erhalten. F.W. Zähns“. (This address was written in Carl Maria von Weber’s hand (to his wife) received from the same. F.W. Zähns). With light soiling, handling wear, else fine condition. Accompanied by a fine vintage unsigned postcard photograph of Weber. Caroline Elisabeth Antoinette Brandt, married Caroline von Weber (between 1792/1793 and 1852), was a German stage actor and singer. She married Weber in 1817.

Price: $ 930 / € 750

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