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Albert, Eugen d’ (1864-1932)

Fine signed cabinet photograph

Scottish-born German pianist and composer. Fine signed and inscribed cabinet photograph “für P. Redl zur freundlichen Erinnerung an Eugen d’Albert”. 4.25 x 6.5 inch. Wien, 1917 February 21. Photo by C. Brasch, Berlin. Inscribed to Paul Redl, répétiteur and later dirigent of the Vienna State Opera. Mounting residue on verso, else fine condition. Uncommon in signed photographs.

Price: $ 250 / € 190

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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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Brahms, Johannes (1833-1897)

Autograph letter signed

German composer, pianist, conductor of the Romantic period and one of the greatest composers of all time. Autograph letter signed “J. Brahms”. Written on a postcard, 5.75 x 3.75 inch, Thun, 1886 June 28 (postmark).  In German, in full: “Ihr freundl. Brief hat die bedenkliche Eigenschaft, meinerseits 3 zu verlangen! Was gemacht werden kann, wird gemacht. Kalbecks wegen mögen Sie indeß ruhig sein. Er soll den Text nur fertig machen - nach alter Erfahrung werde ich sehr rasch damit fertig u. kann er dann ja zu Ihnen wandern! Ihren Katalog aber laßen Sie nur rasch anschwellen von vortrefflichsten Sachen, diese und nicht der Verleger sind die Hauptsache.“ Translated: “Your friendly letter has the questionable quality of requiring three on my part! What can be done is done. But for Kalbeck's sake you may be quiet. He should just finish the text - after my previous experience, I'll be able to finish it very quickly and then it can go to you! Your catalog, however, can only grow rapidly in the most excellent ways; these and not the publisher is the main thing.” Handling wear, minor paper loss at the top, else fine condition.

Price: $ 5,135 / € 3.950

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Callas, Maria (1923-1977)

Signed photograph

Greek-American soprano, and one of the most renowned and influential opera singers of the 20th century. Large vintage signed photograph, probably from a concert program. 9.75 x 8.5 inch, n.p., n.d. Signed in ballpoint pen “Maria Callas”. Excellent condition. Verso shows a photograph of tenor Giuseppe di Stefano.

 

 

Price: $ 770 / € 590

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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: $ 845 / € 650

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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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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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Gershwin, George (1898-1937)

Fine condition signed check

American composer and pianist. Gershwin's compositions spanned both popular and classical genres and his most popular melodies are widely known. Among his best-known works are the orchestral compositions “Rhapsody in Blue” (1924) and “An American in Paris” (1928). Personal check signed “George Gershwin”. 6.25 x 2.75 inch, New York, 1933 September 22. Filled out in another hand and signed by Gershwin. Payable to Dorothy Druman for $20. In fine condition, with expected bank stamps and cancellation holes. Accompanied by an unsigned FDC with a cachet honoring Gershwin.

Price: $ 1,090 / € 850

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Grieg, Edvard (1843-1907) & Grieg, Nina (1845-1935)

Autograph musical quotation 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. Nina Grieg was a Danish-Norwegian lyric soprano and the wife of Edvard Grieg. Rare autograph musical quotation signed “Edvard Grieg” and “Nina Grieg”. 5.0 x 2.5 inch piece of paper, n.p., n.d. Additionally a fine musical quotation labled “andante” and “E.G.” written by Nina Grieg. Minor show through of tape, else fine condition. Handsomely matted in gray with a photograph of Edvard and Nina Grieg to an overall of 7.75 x 11.75 inch. Both items removable affixed with photo corners. Rare combination!

 

Price: $ 1,490 / € 1.150

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Grieg, Edvard (1843-1907)

Autograph postcard 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. Autograph artist postcard signed “Nina + Edvard Grieg”. 3.5 x 5.5 inch, Troldhaugen, 1901 December 22. Addressed to Professor and organist Gotfred Matthisen-Hansen in Copenhagen. In Norwegian, translated in full: “Dear friend, As you can see, I press (shake) Helga’s hand and Nina presses yours, Gotfred. Se: Merry Christmas to both. Our thoughts go to Denmark. May we seen meet there.” Fine condition. Also included is an autograph letter signed “Nina Grieg”. Card, 4.5 x 3.5 inch, Hotel Monopol, 1925 February 6. Addressed to Pastor Fibinger in Copenhagen regarding the cancellation of an invitation. Envelope included and in fine condition.

Price: $ 1,365 / € 1.050

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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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Grieg, Edvard (1843-1907)

Excellent signature matted with 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. Fine signature “Edvard Grieg”. Album page, 3.5 x 1.25 inch (visible), n.p., n.d. Signed in dark black ink. Fine condition. Handsomely matted in gray with a photograph of Grieg to an overall of 7.75 x 11.75 inch. Both items removable affixed with photo corners.

Price: $ 780 / € 600

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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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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.

 

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Leoncavallo, Ruggero (1857-1919)

Signed cabinet-photo

Italian composer, best known for his operas, particularly the beloved repertoire staple “Pagliacci” (1892). Signed cabinet-photo “R. Leoncavallo”. 4.25 x 6.5 inch, Budapest, 1897 December 2. Photo by E. Bieber, Berlin-Hamburg. Inscribed by Leoncavallo in dark ink "All'ottimo amico Andrea Merkler cordialmente offre" and dated "Budapest 2 Dicembre 1897" in his hand. Handling wear, discolored, but still a beautiful signed photo and with a rare image.

 

 

Price: $ 1,090 / € 890

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Liszt, Franz (1811-1886)

Signed cabinet photograph inscribed to his housekeeper

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. Signed and inscribed cabinet photograph “F. Liszt”. 4.25 x 6.25 inch. Weimar, date illegible. Photo by Louis Held in Weimar. Dedicated in Liszt’s hand “Meiner lieben Pauline von der Altenburg bis zur Hofgärtnerei…” Writing slightly faded, photograph with handling wear, else good condition. Pauline (Pauline Apel) was for thirty years the housekeeper of Liszt. When Liszt's residence, the “Hofgärtnerei”, in Weimar became a museum approximately one year after his death P. Apel became the official tourist guide. She remained there in this capacity until her in death in 1926 at the age of eighty-eight. Affordable priced and with fine association.

Price: $ 2,940 / € 2.450

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Liszt, Franz  (1811-1886)

Autographed 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. Autographed letter signed “F. Liszt”. 1p., (double-page), 4.0 x 6.25 inch. N.p. (Weimar), n.d. Monday (1878 June 2). To his friend, the lawyer, Carl Gille in Jena. In German, in full: “Verehrter lieber Freund, Betrübt von Deinem Leiden, hofft baldige Besserung, und sagt Dir herzlichst auf Wiedersehen in Wiesbaden. Dein alter getreuer. Morgen Abend bin ich in Wiesbaden, und kehre Montag hier zurück. Gruss an den lieben Sekretär Jenny.” Translated: “I am saddened by your sufferings, hoping for a speedy recovery, see you in Wiesbaden. I'll be in Wiesbaden tomorrow evening, and I'll be back here on Monday. Greetings to the dear secretary Jenny”. Mailing fold, else fine condition.

 

Price: $ 2,690 / € 2.250

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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.

 

 

Price: $ 2,145 / € 1.650

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Mascagni, Pietro (1863-1945)

Autograph musical quotation signed

Italian composer whose 1890 masterpiece Cavalleria Rusticana takes a place among the most beloved staples of the operatic repertoire. Autograph musical quotation signed “P. Mascagni”. 1p., 4.5 x 3.25 inch (visible), Rome, (1)901 January 23. Mascagni pens some bars of unidentified music. Handsomely matted in gray with a photograph of Mascagni to an overall of 7.75 x 11.75 inch. Both items removable affixed with photo corners. Fine condition.

 

 

Price: $ 575 / € 440

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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.

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Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Felix  (1809-1847)

Autograph note matted

German composer, pianist, organist and conductor of the early Romantic period. Address panel, 1p., 4.25 x 4.5 inch (visible), Frankfurt, 1845 August 8 (date of the accompanying letter, but not included). Addressed in his hand to violinist and composer W. Speyer. Additional in Mendelssohn Bartholdy’s hand in German: "Hierbei auch der Kinderfreund mit bestem Dank" (Here also the “Kinderfreund” with thanks). Among the various books and magazines of this title Mendelssohn Bartholdy probably refers to Friedrich Philipp Wilmsens book "Der deutsche Kinderfreund". Handsomely matted in gray with a photograph of Mendelssohn Bartholdy to an overall of 7.75 x 11.75 inch. Address panel shows minor paper loss at the left edge, else fine condition. A photocopy of the accompanying letter is included.

 

Price: $ 875 / € 675

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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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Nikisch, Arthur (1855-1922)

Fine signed photograph

Hungarian conductor. Fine signed postcard photograph “Arthur Nikisch”. 3.5 x 5.5 inch, n.p., n.d. Signed in dark black ink. Fine condition.

 

Price: $ 360 / € 275

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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)

Fine autograph musical quotation signed

Polish pianist and composer, politician and spokesman for Polish independence. Wonderful autograph musical quotation signed “IJPaderewski”. 1p., 4.5 x 7.0 inch, Fleming’s Hotel Mayfair, 1907 March 9. Additional in his hand four bars “Fuga” from his composition “Variations and Fugue op. 23” (composed about 1903) and “with every good wish of” in his hand. Fine condition.

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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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Puccini, Giacomo (1858-1924)

Autograph postcard signed

Italian composer whose operas are among the important operas played as standards. Autograph postcard signed “Giacomo Puccini”. 5.5 x 3.5 inch. Milano, date illegible (postmark). Addressed to Felice Franceschini in Lucca. An untranslated letter in Italian in which Puccini thanks him for his letter. Also included is an unsigned G. Puccini postcard photograph. Fine condition.

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Ravel, Maurice (1875-1937)

Scarce autograph letter signed

French composer, pianist and conductor. He liked to experiment with musical form, as in his best-known work, Boléro (1928). Autograph letter signed “Maurice Ravel”. 1p., 5.75 8.75 inch, n.p., n.d. Written in pencil, an untranslated letter in French. Ravel assured its participation in the mishap of a friend. Mailing folds, small tears repaired on verso, slightly soiled, else good condition. Scarce!

Price: $ 1,490 / € 1.150

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Ravel, Maurice (1875-1937)

Unusual autograph letter signed

French composer, pianist and conductor. He liked to experiment with musical form, as in his best-known work, Boléro (1928). Autograph letter signed “Maurice Ravel”. 1p., 8.25 x 10.25 inch, no date but circa 1916, in French. Unusual letter to the wife of French flautist Louis Fleury, in which Ravel lists the names of several friends and family members whom he would like to forward concert tickets, adding their respective addresses along the right side. Names include: “M & Mde. Leo Sachs”, “Robert Schmitz”, “M. Gaston Selz”, “M. Georges Soulie de Morant”, “M & Madame X. C. Godebski”, “Blaque–Belair”, and “M. Frederic leVillain”. Ravel adds his own name near the bottom before completing the list, “Eduoard Ravel” and “M & Mde. Bonnet”. Fragile and in very good to fine condition, with small areas of paper loss.

Price: $ 980 / € 790

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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.

Price: $ 1,910 / € 1.590

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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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Rossini, Gioachino (1792-1868)

Handwritten envelope matted

Italian composer. His best-known operas include the Italian comedies “Il barbiere di Siviglia” (The Barber of Seville). Handwritten envelope matted. 5.5 x 3.75 inch, Bologna, 1838. Addressed in dark black ink by Rossini: “Al Nobil uomo Il Sr. Principe Emilio Belgioioso Celebra Dilettante di Musica, Parigi”. Translated: “To the nobleman Signor Prince Emilio Belgioioso Famous music dilettante, Paris”. Handsomely matted in gray with a vintage card de visite photo of Rossini to an overall of 7.75 x 11.75 inch. Both items removable affixed with photo corners. Fine condition.

 

 

Price: $ 390 / € 300

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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.

Price: $ 750 / € 625

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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.

 

 

Price: $ 635 / € 490

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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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Sousa, John Philip (1854-1932)

Signed photograph

American composer and conductor of the late Romantic era, known primarily for American military and patriotic marches. Because of his mastery of march composition, he is known as "The March King". Vintage signed photograph “John Philip Sousa 1905”. 3.25 x 5.5 inch, n.p., n.d. Signed by Sousa in dark black in the upper right corner. Handling and corner wear, else good condition.

Price: $ 290 / € 225

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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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Strauss, Johann II. (1825-1899)

Autograph musical quotation signed from “THE BLUE DANUBE”

Also known as Johann Strauss Jr., the Younger or the Son. Austrian composer of light music, particularly dance music and operettas. In his lifetime, he was known as "The Waltz King" and was largely responsible for the popularity of the waltz in Vienna during the 19th century. One of his most famous works is "The Blue Danube". Visiting card with the opening bars of the celebrated theme signed “Johann Strauss”. Visiting card, 3.25 x 2.0 inch, n.d., Boston. Written in pencil on verso of the visiting card of an unknown Lady with the name Mary. Slightly stained, mounting residue on verso, therefore the complete name of the Lady is not readable. Musical quotations from “The blue Danube” are rare.

Price: $ 2,665 / € 2.050

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Strauss, Johann II. (1825-1899)

Autograph letter signed “In vain is death”

Also known as Johann Strauss Jr., the Younger or the Son. Austrian composer of light music, particularly dance music and operettas. In his lifetime, he was known as "The Waltz King" and was largely responsible for the popularity of the waltz in Vienna during the 19th century. One of his most famous works is "The Blue Danube". Autograph letter signed “Johann Strauss”. 4 pages, bifolium, 5.5 x 8.5 inch, Paris 1867 May 18. A fine combined letter to the wife of his friend, the music publisher Gustav Lewy (1824-1901), who had accompanied him to the Paris World Fair. Strauss had been able to win the conductor Benjamin Bilse and his orchestra for joint performances. Page one and two are handwritten by Lewy, page three and four are handwritten by Johann Strauss. Lewy reports in the introduction on Strauss’s reception "with the Princess Metternich, which is intriguing to him in a truly enchanting way and promises a colossal success… but he has to play at her ball festival on the 28th ..." In Strauss’s hand, in parts: „… durch die Versicherungen der Fürstin … und Versprechungen von andren Seiten unser Unternehmen fördern zu wollen - Courage gefasst … somit wenn Gott will - wir Beide mit Geld nach Hause kommen - was denn eigentlich die Ursache eines solchen Plagens sich zu unterziehen bildet. Umsonst ist der Tod. Wir arbeiten jetzt 1/2 1 Nachts fleißig. Gustl führt sich brav auf - er ist von mir bewacht aber meine Überwachung ist - wahrhaftig nicht nothwendig - er sieht nur Geschäft - u. hat Recht auch ich sehe nichts Andres …“ Translated: “through the insurances of the princess ... and promises from other sides to want to promote our company - Courage caught ... thus, if God will - we both come home with money - what is actually the cause of such a plague to undergo. In vain is death. We are working diligently now 1/2 1 at night. Gustl behaves well - he is guarded by me but my surveillance is - really not necessary - he only sees business - and is right too I see nothing else ... " Handling and corner wear, else good condition. Also included is the original ticket to the funeral of Johann Strauss (June 6, 1899) and a fine unsigned cabinet card photograph of G. Lewy.

Price: $ 1,625 / € 1.250

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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.

 

 

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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)

Scarce autograph musical quotation signed with full signature

German composer, theater director and conductor who is primarily known for his operas especially “The Ring of the Nibelung”. Scarce autograph musical quotation signed “Richard Wagner”. 1 page, 8.25 x 3.25 inch, laid paper with watermark, n.p., n.d. Some bars of unknown music and in Wagner’s hand “Rose blüht”. Slightly uneven edges, else fine condition. Wagner is scarce in autograph musical quotations signed, especially with a perfect full signature.

Price: $ 4,975 / € 3.850

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Walter, Bruno (1876-1962)

Signed photograph

German-born conductor, pianist and composer. Signed and inscribed photograph “Für Karoline Schnobel mit bestem Gruss Bruno Walter” and dated in his hand “September 1958”. 4.5 x 6.5 inch, n.p. Excellent black and white photo in fine condition.

 

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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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