Spring 2020 Catalogue


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160 items in this catalogue total,
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81. [Conductors] Henschel, Sir George (1850–1934).
Autograph Letter

Autograph letter from the German-born British baritone, pianist, conductor, and composer. June 27, 1889. Writing in German to a "Frau Lewis," Henschel expresses regret that she is not well, thanks her for the "very lovely outfit, unfortunately unwittingly left behind," and writes that he is "sending the corpus delicti back with greatest thanks." 3 pp. on Henschel's embossed London letterhead. Some light overall soiling and wear, with a mounting remnant at the head of the first page; overall very good. 8 x 10 inches unfolded (20.2 x 25.3 cm). Read More...

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82. [Conductors] Ormandy, Eugene. (1899-1985).
Signed Photograph

Beautiful oblong action shot of the Hungarian-American conductor in rehearsal with the Philadelphia Orchestra, signed with his name alone in blue ink and dated 1945. Light marks on the verso, and two small nicks along the upper edge, else fine. One of the loveliest signed Ormandy photographs we've offered. 10 x 8 inches (25.5 x 20.5 cm). Read More...

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83. [Conductors] [Philadelphia Orchestra] [Ormandy, Eugene. (1899-1985)].
Orchestra Photograph

Vintage promotional photograph of the Philadelphia Orchestra with Eugene Ormandy on the podium. A posed photograph with all the musicians at rest, any looking directly at the camera. Minor creasing and wear to edges and lower left corner, else fine. 10 x 8 inches (25.5 x 20.6 cm). 

The famed relationship between Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra, where he served as music director for over 40 years, is one of the longest-lasting in classical music history.


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84. [Conductors] Kletzki, Paul. (1900–1973).
Signed Photograph

Signed photograph of the Polish conductor and composer, known for his tenures with the Liverpool Philharmonic, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. He has signed and inscribed at the lower right. Poor contrast to the inscription and signature, barely legible, otherwise very good. 4.75 x 6.75 inches (12 x 17 cm), tipped to a mount of 5.75 x 7.75 inches.

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85. [Conductors] Reiner, Fritz. (1888-1963).
Signed Photograph

Glossy 8 x 10 photograph of the legendary conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (1938-48) and of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (1953-1962), flipping through an orchestral score and wielding his impressive baton. Boldly inscribed and signed in green ink "For Rev. & Mrs. Robert Gillespie, cordially, Fritz Reiner./ Pittsburgh, Nov. 1945." Some light wear along the edges, with two tiny nicks in the left side, overall fine.

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86. [Conductors] Schelling, Ernest. (1876–1939).
Original Photograph

Original photograph of the American pianist, composer, and conductor, shown in a studio portrait by Kesslère of New York. Stamped on the verso by the photographer. Cropping pencil marks at the right edge; otherwise overall fine. 8 x 10 inches (20.3 x 25.4 cm).

A student of Moszkowski, Leschetizky and Paderewski, Schelling was an important pianist and was also the first conductor of the Young People's Concerts of the New York Philharmonic.


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87. [Conductors] Schelling, Ernest. (1876–1939).
Portrait Photograph

Vintage photograph of the American pianist, composer, and conductor. Photographer's credit at the lower right: Kaiden-Keystone Photos. Some smudging, one light crease and a chip to the margin; overall very good. 8 x 10 inches (20.3 x 25.5 cm).

A student of Moszkowski, Leschetizky and Paderewski, Schelling was an important pianist and was also the first conductor of the Young People's Concerts of the New York Philharmonic.


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88. [Opera] Callas, Maria. (1923–1977).
Matte Print as Anna Bolena

Sumptuously printed Erio Piccagliani photograph of the legendary diva as Anna Bolena at La Scala, 1957. A later matte print on double weight paper, copyright sticker to verso. Very fine. 7 x 7 inches (17.8 x 18.3 cm).

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89. [Opera] Callas, Maria. (1923-1977).
Souvenirs d'une Legende

Paris: Calmels Chambre Cohen. 2000. Large 4to volume in French and English, picturing and describing all 417 lots offered for sale in December 2000 in Paris by Calmels Chambre Cohen, including letters to Callas, reviews and magazine cover stories she had collected as well as antique furniture, paintings and domestic objects, corsets, nightgowns, dresses, hats and shoes, pyrex kitchen wear etc.!! Includes introduction and lengthy descriptive articles on the collections., photographs mostly in color. Gorgeous 415 p. catalogue/book with jacket, both very fine.

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90. [Opera] Claussen, Julia. (1879–1941).
Signed Photograph

Signed Mishkin photograph of the Swedish mezzo-soprano who sang with the Metropolitan Opera from 1917 to 1932. She is shown in an original costume portrait by Mishkin of New York and has signed and inscribed across the image: "To Mr. Ralph Brennan with highest regards and good wishes from Julia Claussen. March 13, 1922." One slight corner crease; overall very fine. 8 x 10 inches (19.7 x 25.3 cm).

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91. [Opera] Dragonette, Jessica. (1900–1980).
Signed Photograph

Signed photograph of the American singer, known for her many radio performances of classical music in the 1920's and 1930's, and for her work in the World War II effort. She is shown in a studio portrait by Ray Lee Jackson for NBC, and has signed and inscribed on the verso in purple ink. In very fine condition. 8 x 10 inches (20.3 x 25.7 cm).

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92. [Opera] Gigli, Beniamino. (1890–1957).
Signed Photograph as an Honorary Member of the Gioventù Musicale d'Italia

Signed photograph of the important Italian tenor, on a card used as a pass for the musical society Gioventù Musicale d'Italia. The card is also signed on the verso by the president of the organization, and notes that Gigli is an honorary member. In a small red portfolio embossed in gold: "A Beniamino Gigli / Il Centro Sperimentale Lirico del Circolo Musicale Giovanile / Milano 1947." 4.75 x 3.25 inches (12.3 x 8.2 cm). Read More...

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93. [Opera] Gigli, Beniamino. (1890–1957).
Stamped Passport from his Farewell Tour

Original Italian passport of the important tenor, containing his photograph, signature, stamps and visas, and issued on December 10, 1954. The passport contains stamps from West and East Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, the United Kingdom, Portugal, Spain, the United States, and Canada, all dated 1955 and acquired during Gigli's farewell world tour. 24 pp. Green cloth binding. Some light wear and soiling to the back cover, but overall fine. 3.75 x 5.25 inches (9.8 x 13.3 cm). Read More...

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94. [Opera] Gigli, Beniamino. (1890–1957).
Three Original Notebooks of Song Lyrics

Three small original notebooks of typed and handwritten song lyrics, created and used in recital by the great Italian tenor. The small ring-bound notebooks contain lyrics in Italian, French, English and German to arias, lieder and art songs performed by Gigli, typewritten and arranged in order of performance. The lyrics to the English and German songs are rendered phonetically with Italian spellings, leading to such amusing spellings as "Sooftli gos mai songs entriti thru dhe nait tu dhi / In dhe sailent wuuds ai weit dhi / Com mai loof tu mi." ("Softly goes my song's entreaty through the night to thee / In the silent woods I wait thee / Come my love to me." A few handwritten corrections are made to the typed lyrics throughout; one song (Serenata Triste) written by hand in pencil. Two of the notebooks contain set lists at the beginning of the notebook, with the songs in the relevant order afterwards. Black leather and faux leather covers. Toning, some pages with tape repairs, but overall fine. 3 x 5 inches (9 x 13 cm). Read More...

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95. [Opera] Jones, Gwyneth. (b. 1936).
Signed Photograph and Concert Program

Signed postcard photograph of the Welsh soprano as Turandot at the Royal Opera House (ca. 1987), together with a May 7, 1978 recital program given at the Royal Opera House with pianist Geoffrey Parsons. In very fine condition. Postcard 4 x 6 inches (10.5 x 14.8 cm), program 6.75 x 9.25 inches (17 x 23.5 cm).

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96. [Opera] Kabaivanska, Raina. (b. 1934) [Vickers, Jon. (1926–2015)].
Signed Photograph in "Otello"

Signed photograph of the leading Bulgarian lirico-spinto soprano, shown as Desdemona in a 1977 production of Verdi's Otello with Jon Vickers in the title role. She has signed at the lower left in black marker. Slightly poor contrast to the signature, but overall very fine. 10 x 8 inches (25.3 x 20.2 cm).

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97. [Opera] Korjus, Miliza. (1909–1980).
Portrait Photograph

Vintage photograph of the Polish and Estonian soprano, who also appeared in Hollywood films. She is shown in a studio portrait ca. 1940's, with a handwritten caption on the verso indicating an upcoming concert appearance. Mounting remnants to verso; overall fine. 6.5 x 9 inches (16.8 x 22.7 cm).

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98. [Opera] Milanov, Zinka. (1906–1989).
Signed Photograph as Tosca

Signed photograph as Tosca from the Croatian soprano whose superb voice was capable of translucent beauty and marvelous power. Very fine. 8 x 10 inches (20.3 x 25.5 cm).

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99. [Opera] Pears, Peter. (1910–1986).
Signed Program Page

Two program pages from a 1978 Carnegie Hall concert celebrating the life and work of Benjamin Britten, signed by Peter Pears. Pears performed with Janet Baker and the Oratorio Society of New York in a program that included Mozart's Requiem and Britten's Phaedra. Two loose pages taken from a longer program. Fine. 5.5 x 9 inches (14.3 x 23 cm).

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100. [Opera] Prey, Hermann. (1929–1998).
"Winterreise" - Signed Program

Signed program from the German lyric baritone, who performed at Southern Methodist University on April 20, 1978. He has signed and inscribed on the front page of the program. The recital was a performance of Schubert's Winterreise to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Schubert's death. Fine. 6 x 9.5 inches (15.3 x 24.1 cm).

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