Summer 2019 Catalogue


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61. Sessions, Roger. (1896–1985) [Zukofsky, Paul. (1943–2017)].
Concerto for Violin, Violoncello and Orchestra - with Two Autograph Letters Signed to Paul Zukofsky

Orchestral score and solo parts to Roger Sessions' 1971 Concerto for Violin, Violoncello and Orchestra, together with two autograph letters from Sessions to violinist Paul Zukofsky, who premiered the work. Both scores are facsimiles of hand-written scores on loose leaves; orchestral score (84 pp.) on large format manuscript paper, 11 x 17 inches (28 x 43 cm) with some toning; a duplicate of p.48 and a duplicate of p. 65 are included; overall fine. One correction has been made in pen to the first page, swapping the two solo parts. Violin and cello parts include many duplicate pages, most out of order, but with at least one copy of the complete score, 37 pp. Irregular sized pages, 10 x 14 inches and 9.5 x 12.5 inches; overall very good. Read More...

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62. Stravinsky, Igor. (1882–1971) [Diamond, David. (1915–2005)].
Autograph Note Signed on a Postcard to David Diamond

Autograph note signed from the important composer to American composer David Diamond. He has penned on a postcard: "Many thanks for your so kind attention. Your beautiful blue tie will be [...] on my birthday. Merci / I. Stravinsky / June 44." The verso of the postcard shows a jockey on a comically long horse with the caption "Today's long shot at Hollywood Park." Together with a half-tone photograph of the composer. Mounting tape remnants to the verso of the card; toning; overall very good. 5.5 x 3.5 inches (13.9 x 8.8 cm). Read More...

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63. Stravinsky, Igor. (1882–1971) [Diamond, David. (1915–2005)].
Autograph Note Signed on a Visiting Card, with Photograph to DAVID DIAMOND

Autograph note signed from the important composer to the younger composer David Diamond, penned on a visiting card printed with Stravinsky's name and Hollywood address. February 7, 1962. Stravinsky writes: "Best greetings to David Diamond and deepest thanks for his letter and the NONET dedicated to me. I am here until the 15 of April—afterwards in concert-tours difficult to get me. Affectionately, I. Str." Laid down to a mat with a vintage color photograph of Stravinsky. Card 3.5 x 2 inches (9 x 5.5 cm), matted to an overall size of 6.25 x 12 inches.  Read More...

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Four letters exchanged between the Japanese composer and American violinist Paul Zukofsky in 1973–1974. Included are a typed letter signed from Zukofsky to Takemitsu, a typed letter signed from Takemitsu to Zukofsky, and two unsigned copies of typed letters from Zukofsky to Takemitsu. In the first letter (December 9, 1973; 1 p.), Zukofsky informs Takemitsu that he will be touring Hong Kong, and asks "if there is any possibility of my performing in Japan around that time." He goes on: "I hope that at some point you would seriously consider writing a violin piece—perhaps even a concerto?" In his next letter (February 27, 1974; 1 p.) Zukofsky writes: "There is a very strong probability that Carnegie Hall would like to present an evening at the Recital Hall devoted exclusively to your music [...] If you are interested could you tell me if you have any plans to be in this country next year..." and also repeats his question about a visit to Japan. Takemitsu responds (April 18, 1974; 1 p.): "...if you are able to come to Tokyo before going to Hongkong, it is considerably available to make concerts (once or twice) with Yuji's piano. [...] Perhaps I am going to Yale University from January 1–March 15, 1975 as a visiting professor so that I plan to drop in New York on the way back to Japan." Zukofsky replies (April 27, 1974; 1 p.) to confirm the dates and fees suggested for a tour, and asks: "What would you like for repertoire? Only American? Only 20th century? I should like to include some Japanese music but I know very little..." Varying sizes; one letter on an aerogramme with some small tears; further airmail envelope also included. Overall in fine condition. Scarce! Read More...

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65. Thomas, Ambroise. (1811–1896).
Group of Four Autograph Letters

Four autograph letters from the French composer best known for his operas Mignon and Hamlet and as Director of the Conservatoire de Paris from 1871 until his death, to a Mademoiselle Vignon. Each with original envelope. Some light wear and soiling and folding creases, but overall very good. 5 x 8 inches (12.5 x 20.3 cm). Read More...

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66. Thomson, Virgil. (1896–1989) [Diamond, David. (1915–2005)].
American Music Since 1910 - Inscribed to David Diamond

New York / Chicago / San Francisco: Holt, Rinehart and Winston. 1971. First edition. Work on American music from the composer and critic, inscribed and signed to composer David Diamond on the front free endpaper: "For David Diamond / warmly / Virgil T. / N.Y. 22 Feb. '71." 204 pp. A few scattered underlinings and small notes in Diamond's hand throughout and several notes from Diamond on the rear pastedown: "... I am mentioned en passant (p. 87), p. 135 I'm given a pat on the back / p. 77 J.C. [John Cage] put in his place ('narrow of mind, music emotionally shallow') but still given major space!" Hardcover, red cloth with dust jacket in mylar. Fine. 5.75 x 8.75 inches (14.5 x 22.3 cm). Read More...

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67. Thorne, Francis. (1922–2017) [Diamond, David. (1915–2005)].
Two Scores Dedicated and Inscribed to David Diamond

Two signed scores from the American composer noted for his integration of jazz sensibilities into the classical genre, both dedicated and inscribed to his teacher, composer David Diamond, and with two further autograph notes from Thorne to Diamond. Included are the score to Thorne's String Quartet (1960; 43 pp., softcover, 9.5 x 13 inches) inscribed to Diamond on the inside front wrapper: "For David—with deep gratitude, boundless respect and, as always, my love and affection—Francis / Florence, December 6, 1960"; the score to his Second Symphony (1964; 105 pp., spiral bound, 12.5 x 18 inches), inscribed to Diamond on the title: "For my dear friend and teacher, David—let us hope the music conveys my dedication to you more effectively than words ever could. With love, Francis (Franchees)"; an autograph letter on a large sheet (Florence, September 19, 1959; 13.25 x 18 inches) sending Diamond another score: "... you are someone who knows what the completion of this score has meant to me"; and a large sheet (12.25 x 17 inches) with printed orchestral instrumentation inscribed at the foot to Diamond: "For David / with deepest gratitude for your faith and help, without which this score would not exist—Affectionately, Francis." Both the scores are dedicated to Diamond, the Second Symphony on the occasion of his fiftieth birthday. In fine condition overall. Read More...

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68. Vaughan Williams, Ralph. (1872–1958) [Diamond, David. (1915–2005)].
Autograph Letter Signed to David Diamond

Autograph letter signed from the important British composer to American composer David Diamond. May 29, [1949]; 1 p. Vaughan Williams writes: "Dear Mr. Diamond, Thank you for your kind and appreciative letter— I should of course be pleased to see a copy of your score if you have one to spare. Yours sincerely, R. Vaughan Williams." Together with the original envelope addressed in Vaughan Williams' hand and postmarked May 28, 1948; and a clipped half-tone portrait of the composer. Folding creases and light mounting remnants; overall fine. 5.25 x 6.5 inches (13.6 x 16.5 cm). Read More...

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69. [Vocal Music] [Civil War].
Sammelband of Nineteenth-Century Popular Song

A large sammelband of sheet music to popular songs and piano pieces published in the United States, ca. 1830's–1870's. The volume contains approx. 50 items of music loosely bound in half leather, with leather ownership label of Helen M. Lough to the front board. Of the items included, particularly interesting are an early edition of Stephen Foster's "Ellen Bayne" (New York: Published by Firth, Pond & Co, 547 Broadway, [1854]); the "Whispering Schottisch" for piano solo by James E. Magruder, with lithograph title of two girls embracing (Baltimore: Published by Henry McCaffrey, No. 205 Baltimore St., [1863]); "Col. Clark's Grand Triumphant March," a piano piece by J. T. Wamelink dedicated to the 123 Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers and with a portrait of Union Colonel John B. Clark to the title (Cleveland: Published by S. Brainard & Co., [1862]); and the "St. Louis Grand March" by G. H. Draper, dedicated to the St. Louis Greys (St. Louis: Published by N. Phillips, 42 Market St, [1839]). Heavy wear to the binding, with front board and spine detached, most signatures loose; some foxing and toning throughout; overall good. 10.5 x 14 inches.

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70. [Vocal Music] .
Sammelband of Nineteenth-Century Vocal Music

Sammelband of sheet music to popular songs published in the United States, ca. 1860's–1890's. The volume contains approx. 38 items of music loosely bound in large hardcover album with decorative front board, featuring a color portrait of a young woman and elaborate silver and gold flowers surrounding the word "Music." Included are songs by Anton Rubinstein ("Thou'rt like unto a flower," Boston: Oliver Ditson & Co., [ca. 1874]), Arthur Sullivan ("Will he come?" No publisher's information, [P.N.] 1746.5); Franz Abt (several songs), and many others. Several of the pieces with heavy wear, large tears and losses; most with edge wear and some soiling and toning. Binding intact and sound. Overall good to very good. 11.5 x 14.5 inches.

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71. [Vocal Music] .
Sammelband of Nineteenth-Century Vocal Music

A large sammelband of sheet music for opera arias and other classical vocal music, published mostly in the United States (some European editions), ca. 1860's–1880's. 225 pp. The volume contains ca. 50-60 items of music bound in quarter leather, with leather ownership label of Helen M. Lough to the front board. Page numbers are stamped at the upper right corner of every leaf. The pieces include solo high voice arias and several ensembles for women's voices by Arditi, Verdi, Mozart, Bellini, Rossini, Donizetti, Schubert, Wagner and many others. Corners and spine rubbed, some toning consistent with age, but structurally sound and overall fine. 10.5 x 13.5 inches.

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72. [Vocal Music] .
Sammelband of Nineteenth-Century Vocal Music

A large sammelband of sheet music for art songs, arias and popular songs, published in the United States, ca. 1860's–1880's. The volume contains approx. 61 items of music loosely bound in half leather, with leather ownership label of Helen M. Lough to the front board. Page numbers are stamped at the upper right corner of every leaf, and a hand-written table of contents in alphabetical order is included at the beginning of the volume. The pieces include songs and arias by Mozart, Mendelssohn, Haydn, Weber, and Gounod among others (most in English translations), as well as a selection of popular songs by American composers of the era. Heavy wear to the binding, with front board and spine detached, most signatures loose; some foxing and toning throughout; overall good. 10.5 x 13.5 inches.

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73. [Vocal Music].
Sammelband of 19th-Century Vocal Music

An interesting sammelband of 19th-century vocal music, including art song, arias, popular songs, and sacred songs in parts. Highlights include: Arthur Sullivan's Birds in the Night: A Lullaby (Published as one of the "Songs of Miss Annie Louise Cary," Boston: Oliver Ditson & Co [ca. 1868]; 7 pp.); Louis Moreau Gottschalk's Slumber on Baby dear: A Mother's Cradle Song (La Ninnarella) (New York: William Hall & Son, [ca. 1871]; 9 pp.); Schumann's Der Herrlichste (Published as no. 15 of "Thirty Songs by Rob. Schumann", London: Ewer & Co, [ca. 1870]; 9 pp.); Schubert's songs Der Musensohn, Auf dem See and Geistesgruss to texts by Goethe (Wien: C. A. Spina, [1854?]; 15 pp,); the aria Ah! non credea mirarti from Bellini's La sonnambula (Paris: Mme. V. Launer, [184-?]; 9 pp); and two unusual Italian versions of arias from Weber's Der Freischütz: the aria La Nonna mia sogno una sera (Einst träumte meiner sel'gen Base) (Paris: Maurice Schlesinger, [1821–1846]; 105–111 pp.); and the duet Qui furbone! qui vuoi starei (Schelm! halt fest! ich will dich's lehren!) (Paris: Maurice Schlesinger, [182-]; 49–55 pp.). Hardcover, half leather binding with ownership label of Helen M. Lough to the front board. Spine and edges rubbed; some internal toning and foxing; binding tight and overall in very good condition. 10.5 x 14 inches.

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74. [Instrumentalists] Badura-Skoda, Paul. (b. 1927) & Demus, Jörg. (b. 1928).
Signed Carnegie Hall Program

Signed program from a January 7, 1959 piano-four-hands recital by the two Austrian pianists at Carnegie Hall. Both have signed boldly over the first page of the program listing, which included works by Mozart, Hindemith and Schubert. Demus' signature slightly smudged, but otherwise in very fine condition, together with a promotional flyer and two newspaper clippings about the concert. Program 23 pp., 7.25 x 9.75 inches (18.5 x 25 cm).

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Rare and unusual vintage sepia postcard photograph of the celebrated Casals-Cortot-Thibaud trio playing chess with the Hungarian composer, pianist, and musical instrument inventor Emánuel Moór (at the right.) Faded, but otherwise fine. 5.25 x 3.5 inches (13.5 x 8.8 cm). Read More...

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76. [Instrumentalists] Cohen, Harriet. (1895–1967) [Diamond, David. (1915–2005)].
Autograph Signature with Portrait Photograph to David Diamond

Autograph signature from the British pianist, inscribed to American composer David Diamond: "David / with long love / Harriet (Cohen)." Mounted together with a half-tone portrait photograph in profile to an overall size of 8.5 x 13.75 inches (21.5 x 35 cm). Fine. Read More...

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77. [Instrumentalists] D'Albert, Eugen. (1862–1932).
Autograph Letter Signed

Autograph letter signed from the Scotch-born German pianist/composer who was one of Liszt's last pupils. Stamped at the head with date received: February 8, 1928. 2 pp. To the editor of opera publication "Oper der Heute," D'Albert writes a long letter of praise for the current state of the Leipzig Theater and its opera productions. Translated from the German, in part: "Dear Sir, You wished to hear my impression of today's Leipzig Theater. When I was invited to Leipzig for a production of my "Golem," I certainly expected a good performance. Nevertheless, I was quite surprised to find such a complete improvement in all the circumstances of German theater. After only five minutes of following the production, it was clear to me that the organism of the Leipzig Oper was in safe and purposeful hands [...] I say this not because of the performance of my own works, which after all are only links in the chain of the varied program, but rather to emphasize my happiness that in today's world, which is otherwise so lacking in artistic joys, we have such a theater!" Several corrections in D'Albert's hand. Folding creases with partial splits; toning; overall very good. 9 x 11 inches (22.5 x 28.3 cm).

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78. [Instrumentalists] [Ernst, Heinrich Wilhelm. (1812–1865)] Heller, Amely..
H.W. Ernst im Urteile seiner Zeitgenossen

Wien - Brünn - Berlin: Selbstverlag. 1904. Biography of the great Moravian violinist and composer, considered the greatest virtuoso of his time after the death of Paganini. 64 pp. With illustrations including a frontispiece of Ernst and a further frontispiece of Joseph Joachim. Hardcover, rebacked in red cloth with gilt lettering, red cloth dust jacket, and red cloth slipcase. First page with frontispiece of Ernst detached; large tear to p. 39; light toning throughout. Overall very good. 6 x 9 inches (15.5 x 23.3 cm).

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79. [Instrumentalists] Galamian, Ivan. (1903–1981).
Principles of Violin Playing and Teaching

Englewood Cliffs, N. J.: Prentice-Hall, Inc.. 1964. Second printing. Illustrated work on violin technique from the important violinist and pedagogue, teacher of Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, Michael Rabin and many other successful violinists. 4to. 116 pp. Illustrations and musical examples throughout. Hardcover, blue cloth with dust jacket. Shelf wear and fading to the dust jacket; overall very good.

From the estate of Eli Cantor, novelist, playwright, composer and poet who was an important figure in the American arts for many years until his death in 2006.


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80. [Instrumentalists] Gieseking, Walter. (1895-1956).
Portrait Photograph

Vintage photograph of the French-born German pianist and composer, shown in a portrait by Leon Elzin of New York. Some light soiling, overall fine. 8 x 10 inches (20.3 x 25.5 cm).

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