Fall 2019 Catalogue


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1. Albéniz, Isaac Manuel Francisco. (1860–1909).
Espagne - INSCRIBED PRESENTATION COPY

Barcelona: Universo Musical Antes J. Bta. Pujol y Ca.. [ca. 1899]. Espagne (Souvenirs). Œuvres nouvelles pour le piano . N° 1 Prélude. Signed and inscribed presentation copy of the Spanish virtuoso pianist and composer's Prelude. He has penned on the first page of music (translated from the French): "To Madame Henry Lerolle in sincere friendship and affection. I. Albeniz, Paris, January 6, 1906." 7 pp. [PN] U.336.M.1. Rather heavily toned, pages largely detached; front wrapper with multiple tears and losses. Stamped on the front wrapper by the bookseller, L. E. Dotésio. Overall good, with the inscription in fine condition. 9.5 x 12.5 inches (24.3 x 31.5 cm). Read More...

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2. Amram, David. (b. 1930).
Two Typed Letters Signed to Raymond Lewenthal

Two early typed letters signed from the American composer, composer, conductor, multi-instrumentalist, and author who is noted for integrating jazz and world music into his work. To American pianist Raymond Lewenthal. December 1, 1965 and July 29, 1966; each 1 p. In the first letter, Amram congratulates Lewenthal on returning to the concert stage and for championing the music of Charles-Valentin Alkan (here "Alkin"). In the second letter, Amram reports that he has been awarded a Rockefeller grant and will be "the first composer in residence with the New York Philharmonic for this coming season [...] It really will be great to be paid and also get a chance to write some music and also it will be a great education." Fine. 7.25 x 10.25 inches (18.4 x 26.3 cm) and 8.5 x 11 inches (21.7 x 28 cm). Read More...

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3. Babbitt, Milton. (1916–2011).
Autograph Letter Signed

Autograph letter signed from the important American composer to cellist Douglas Moore, suggesting that he collaborate with the composer Robert Pollock. 2 pp., n.d., on Princeton University Music Department letterhead, with envelope postmarked December 28, 1981. Babbitt writes: "Dear Douglas: Please try to forgive my unforgivable delay in responding to your interesting letter, but the opportunity for a composer which you proposed also involves a responsibility, on my and—eventually—his part which is not easily estimated except on the basis of a track record which most younger composers have not yet established. After considerable thought and concern, I have come up with the name of Robert Pollock, who is perhaps a bit older and better 'established' than the type of composer you had in mind, but he is a composer (and performer, incidentally, or not so incidentally in this respect) of such maturity and responsibility that he will understand if you deal with the matter circumspectly, and I would want you to acquaint yourself with his other music before, in any sense, committing yourself. [...] I am, as ever, Milton." Very fine. 5.5 x 8.5 inches (14 x 21.7 cm).

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4. Berlioz, Hector. (1803–1869).
Cabinet Photograph

Reutlinger of Paris cabinet photograph of the important composer, who is shown in a left-facing bust portrait. Slight corner chips; otherwise fine. 4.25 x 6.5 inches (10.9 x 16.3 cm).

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5. "Blind Tom." [Bethune, Thomas. or Wiggins, Thomas.] (1849–1908).
Songs, Sketch of the Life ... of Blind Tom the Marvelous Musical Prodigy, the Negro Boy Pianist.

Baltimore: The Sun Book and Job Printing Establishment. c. 1876. Songs, Sketch of the Life, Testimonials from the Most Eminent Composers, and Opinions of the American and English Press of Blind Tom, the Marvelous Musical Prodigy, the Negro Boy Pianist, who recent performances at the Great St. James and Egyptian Halls, London, and Salle Hertz, Paris, have Created such a Profound Sensation. 30 pp. 8vo (230 x 145 mm). Original printed wrappers. Pages toned, corners bumped, some chipping and loss to edges and spine. Read More...

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6. Blitzstein, Marc. (1905–1964) [Diamond, David. (1915–2005)] [Cummings, E. E. (1894–1962)].
"From Marion's Book" - Signed Presentation Copy to David Diamond

Facsimile pre-publication score to Marc Blitzstein's From Marion's Book: Seven Songs to Poems by E. E. Cummings (1960), inscribed and signed on the cover to fellow composer David Diamond: "For David, as though I were 'coming home' / Love / Marc / Nov. 7, 1960." 37 pp. (with each song paginated separately.) Staple binding, rather rusted; some light edge soiling and wear; overall fine. 9.5 x 12.5 inches (24.3 x 32 cm). Rare; the songs were published in 1962 by Chappell. Read More...

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7. Boccherini,Luigi. (1743-1805).
Six trios pour Violon, Alto, Violoncelle...Oeuvre XXXVIII

Paris: Chez Pleyel, Rue Neuve des Petits Champs no. 728 entre les Rue de la Loi et Helvetius. [1798]. Violin, viola, and cello parts loose, as issued. 13; 13; 13 pp. Engraved throughout. [PN] 113. Violin part stamped on the cover by Pleyel. Notes in pencil to the title of the violin part. Foxing, some light water damage, violin part partially split at sewn binding, some slight evidence of insects damage; overall very good. 10 x 12.75 inches (25.2 x 32.5 cm). An early edition from the firm of Pleyel, which published its first edition in 1795. Rare; WorldCat records 4 copies. Read More...

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8. Boulanger, Nadia. (1887–1979) [Diamond, David. (1915–2005)].
Signed American Conservatory of Paris Certificate for DAVID DIAMOND

Original certificate of attendance showing that the young composer David Diamond "has been a student at this school for a period of 2 months during the 1937 session," signed at the foot by Nadia Boulanger, and with a stamped signature of Maurice Ravel. Boulanger's signature very slightly smudged; horizontal folding crease; left edge and lower edge folded back. Overall fine. 9 x 12 inches (23 x 30.5 cm). Read More...

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9. Brahms, Johannes. (1833–1897).
Cabinet Photograph

R. Krzinanek of Vienna cabinet photograph of the important composer, who is shown in an oval frame, seated outside at a tea table. Fine. 4.25 x 6.5 inches (10.9 x 16.3 cm).

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Bronze portrait medal of the composer by Austrian medalist Arnold Hartig (1878–1972). Brahms is shown in a straight-on relief portrait with his name and dates around the edge. Verso blank. 3 inches (76 mm). Niggl 392a. Fine.

From the collection of musical medals formed by Paul Niggl and which served as the basis for his book Musiker Medaillen (Darmstadt, 1965). The collection remained intact after Niggl's death, was offered for sale as a single lot by Spink & Son in 1998.


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11. Cage, John. (1912–1992).
4'33" - FIRST TACET EDITION

New York: Henmar Press. c. 1960. Peters 6777. The so-called "First Tacet Edition" of John Cage's most influential work, published by Peters. In this edition the work is simply notated as a single typed sheet, with three movements listed as roman numerals and marked "tacet." The sheet also includes a dedication to Irwin Kremen and a composer's note: "The title of this work is the total length in minutes and seconds of its performance. At Woodstock, N.Y., August 29, 1952, the title was 4'33" and the three parts were 33", 2'40", and 1'20". It was performed by David Tudor, pianist, who indicated the beginnings of parts by closing, the endings by opening, the keyboard lid. However, the work may be performed by any instrumentalist or combination of instrumentalists and last any length of time." Single sheet, 7.25 x 10.5 inches, loose inside a Peters cover, 9 x 12 inches. Rather heavily toned, but overall very good. Read More...

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12. Cage, John. (1912-1992).
Where R=Ryoanji (R3), 1983

Tokuzo Okabe, Kanagawa. 1978. Drypoint etching on J Whatman paper, with full margins. Signed, titled, dated '83 in pencil, at Crown Point Press, San Francisco (with their blindstamp).  9.25 x 23.25 inches; Framed: 11 x 25.5 inches. Unnumbered, aside from the edition of 25. Brodie-Greenhalgh p.41. Read More...

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13. Chopin, Frédéric. (1810–1849).
Oeuvres Posthumes pour Piano [...] 1re Livraison. Fantaisie-Impromptu

Paris: Ancienne Maison J. Meissonnier, E. Gérard et Cie. [1857–1864]. 9 pp. [P. N.] J. M. 3523. Light foxing; some fingerings in pencil to the first page; overall fine. 10 x 13.25 inches (25.5 x 33.5 cm). Read More...

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14. [Copland, Aaron. (1900–1990)] [Diamond, David. (1915–2005)].
Invitation to a Reception Honoring Aaron Copland, addressed to David Diamond

Original hand-written invitation to a reception honoring Aaron Copland, addressed to American composer David Diamond. The party was hosted by Columbia Records and Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Burkat (Leonard Burkat was a music critic, Columbia supervisor, and longtime writer of program notes) and took place on April 28 [1965?]. Very fine. 5.5 x 4.25 inches (13.8 x 10.7 cm). Read More...

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15. Copland, Aaron. (1900–1990) [Diamond, David. (1915–2005)].
Typed Letter Signed to David Diamond

Typed letter signed from the important American composer to fellow composer David Diamond. June 18, 1974; 1 p. Copland writes: "Dear David, Sorry to have held on to the libretto so long. It seems like a 'monster' job to put all those words to music. I will not attempt to judge the play itself, knowing so well what music does to mere words. I rather regret that so much use was made of the rhyme sequence. In the reading, I found it a disturbing detail—mostly because it calls attention to itself. At any rate, the task is formidable, and I certainly wish you luck with it! All best, Aaron. P.S. Am returning the libretto under separate cover." Toning around edges; some small edge tears; overall very good. 5.75 x 7.75 inches (14.8 x 19.7 cm). Read More...

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16. Crumb, George. (b. 1929).
Two Autograph Letters Signed

Two autograph letters of recommendation signed from the influential composer, together with three signed envelopes. The first letter (November 14, 1985; 2 pp.), to cellist Douglas Moore at Williams College, recommends composer Andrew Frank, who Crumb describes as "one of the finest composers of his generation. His music shows both enormous technical skill and a potent expressiveness." The second letter (June 27, 1985; 1 p.), also to Moore, recommends Robert Suderberg as "a fine young composer and an excellent teacher." In very fine condition overall. 5.5 x 8.5 inches (14 x 21.5 cm).

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17. Diamond, David. (1915–2005).
Early Autograph Letter Signed

Early autograph letter signed from the American composer to a close friend, dating from Diamond's first summer in Paris in 1936, sharing news and gossip and asking his friend for help collecting his mail and setting up his apartment. August 31, 1936. Diamond writes: "Dearest [...], Tomorrow at 10 in the morning I see Despian for the last time, and I shall bring back [...] information for you. Celia may come along, but since his letter asked me to come to his atelier, I had better go alone, I think. Also, these last 4 days are spent in preparation for leaving & I am going frantic trying to figure out how to send my bust and my records, for I've only 200 francs left, in other words, when I see you at the pier, I shall have 50¢ for the taxi man & tips. But I think Ross is going to support me during September. So I hope. If not I'll have to call Whiteman to get the checks going in circulation. Had dinner with Cora & Mrs. Albsberg last night & we dished dirt up to the Eiffelt Tower—& Henry was torn limb from limb—the result is that Mikey is now the high hope of the Schubart ménage. [...] Well my darling, in 12 days I shall be seeing you again.—I may go to Rochester for a week. Will you come too? And will you help me fix up my bed as yours is? I want my apartment to be [...] this year for I've so much to put in it—your head of me amongst my other things, photos, dessins [...] Love until the 12th, David." Heavy folding creases with partial splits; toning; overall very good. 7 x 11 inches (18 x 28 cm). Read More...

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18. Diamond, David. (1915–2005).
Early Original Photograph

A rare, very early original photograph of the important American composer, shown as a teenager ca. late 1920's wearing an argyle sweater and socks and plus-fours, with a female friend. They are identified at the foot as "Lilly & David." Fine. 3.5 x 5 inches (8.8 x 12.7 cm). Read More...

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19. Diamond, David. (1915–2005).
Group of Four Signed and Annotated Scores from the Composer's Library

Group of four signed scores from the collection of the American composer David Diamond, including his Romeo and Juliet, his fourth and fifth symphonies, and his String Quartet no. 3. Complete details listed below. Read More...

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20. [Entartete Musik].
"Entartete Musik" - German Handbill

German handbill, ca. 1939, promoting the exhibition of "Entartete Musik" ("Degenerate Music"), bearing an insulting caricature of a black man playing a saxophone and wearing a Star of David upon his lapel. The illustration is a caricature of the character Jonny from Ernst Krenek's opera Jonny spielt auf (1927), with the Star of David replacing the carnation worn by Jonny. 1 p. Rather heavily toned with some light stains; overall very good. 5 x 7.5 inches (13 x 18.8 cm). Read More...

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