Winter-Spring 2021 Catalogue


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101. [Conductors] Gui, Vittorio. (1885–1975).
"Finally, this blessed, difficult, and incomplete speech is finished" - Typed Letter Signed

Lengthy and amusing in its over-the-top style TLS from the Italian conductor to Professor Irma Antonetto of the Associazione Culturale Italiana, attempting to schedule an upcoming speaking engagement around his considerable commitments.  23 IX 1952 (23 September 1952); 2 pp., on Villa S. Maurizio/ Fiesole (Firenze) stationary.  [Translated from Italian]  "Dear Signorina,/ Here in Fiesole, where I have finally returned after a long absence, I have received your letter.  The lecture on Dante and the music is written... it is already something; I don't even know how this miracle happened, because among other things, while I was resting, after 10 months of work in every part of Europe, I had to take a plane and fly to Edinburgh to replace my colleague Ansermet who was suddenly ill and conduct two more concerts...  Finally, this blessed, difficult, and incomplete speech is finished.  When can we hear it and make it heard?  For the Turinese, I think the only possibility is the week in which I will be there to conduct Cesar Franck's Beatitudes;  the concert falls exactly on March 13, and of course I will be in Turin one day before for rehearsals; it could perhaps be done on the 14th, because I must immediately leave for London where I am expected for concerts and records.  In order for you to have an idea of ​​how overworked I am and not to have the impression that there is ill will on my part, I am writing my work plan to you from now until August 1953. From 23 Sept. to 7 October I am recording 4 concerts for Rai here in Florence; then in Naples where I have a concert at San Carlo on the 19th.  Immediately after that, I go to London where until 23rd November I have six concerts at the BBC, five in Manchester, and Norma performances at Covent Garden in London.  I have time to catch a plane to be in Rome for the opera season I am opening, and I stay there until 28 Dec.  I leave immediately for Venice where I will direct the Fenice until February 15th;  from there I go to Vienna until the end of the month;  on 7 March I go to Milan, on 8th March I am in Turin where - as I said - I can stay until the 14th to immediately return to London where I stay until the end of March; I return to Rome for the concerts at the Theater / Argentina and then I have three operas to direct for Rai in Milan; in Florence until 20 May, then back to England for the opera season until 15 July; I hope to have a few days off then, before I return in mid-August to Edinburgh for the festival, where I am conducting some performances of Cinderella at the King's theater and three concerts at Usher Hall.  Do you think that's enough?  God will give me the strength to get to the bottom; but I'm not going to tell you how many other offers I have refused, from tours in North America to Canada to Australia, to many small things in Italy, like Genoa, Naples, Bari, etc, etc.  Could we consider having me read the speech myself in Turin, and having it read by a different speaker in other cities?  It is an idea like any other.  Think about it./  I greet you distinctly/  [Signature]."  Expected mailing folds, two holes to left margin, else fine.  8.5 x 10.5 inches (21.6 x 26.7 cm.). Read More...

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102. [Conductors] Klemperer, Otto. (1885–1973).
Signed Photograph to the Box Office Treasurer of the New York Philharmonic

Signed doubleweight Murillo Studio of Los Angeles photograph of the German-born conductor who has inscribed to the Box Office Treasurer of the New York Philharmonic, "To Mr. Hochner / cordially / Otto Klemperer / 28.1.35 / New York."  Raised photographer's stamp lower right, in very fine condition.  8 x 10 inches (20.3 x 25.4 cm.). A better signed Klemperer photograph we have not encountered!

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103. [Conductors] Leinsdorf, Erich. (1912–1993).
Signed Photograph

Signed photograph of the conductor, inscribed: "To Mr. Lawrence L. Davis with thanks for his hospitality to us. / Erich Leinsdorf."  Rippling to lower edge, small tear and crease to upper margin, else fine.  8 x 10 inches (20.32 x 25.4 cm.).

Larry Davis was the auditorium manager at Indiana University, where he had the opportunity to meet, and collect autographs from, numerous great performers.


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104. [Conductors] Mengelberg, Rudolf. (1892–1959) [Monteux, Pierre. (1875–1964)].
"Missa Pro Pace" - Inscribed to Pierre Monteux

Germany: Universal-Edition. 1939. First. Printed piano-vocal score inscribed on title page to the important French conductor, "À mon grand ami / Pierre Monteux / Amsterdam 18 October 1939 / Rudi M."  4to.  [PN] U. E. 11.090.  56 pp.  Occasional pencil marks throughout in English in an unknown hand, some separation between wrapper along inside spine, else in fine condition.  9.25 x 12.25 inches (23.5 x 31.1 cm.).  From the collection of Pierre Monteux, an extraordinary association copy linking two of the most important conductors of the twentieth century. Read More...

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Interesting grouping of six letters by noted conductors and composers, most addressed to Doris, wife of conductor Pierre Monteux, and regarding her formation of the Pierre Monteux Memorial Foundation.  Two typed letters signed are from Eugene Ormandy, one addressed to Monteux's daughter Nancy (December 5, 1940, 1 p. on personal stationary), the other to "Mrs. Pierre Monteux" (June of 1970, 1 p. on A4 Philadelphia Orchestra Association stationary).  Three letters date to the months immediately following Monteux's death, including a touching autographed letter signed from Bruno Zirato (2 pp. on personal stationary, July 6, 1964) to Doris dated only five days after his passing, reading in part "[t]here is no 'pen' in this world that could ever write satisfactorily + adequately of our beloved maestro!," and a pair of TLS dated to early November in the same year, one from Rudolf Bing, general manager of the Metropolitan Opera (1 p. on Met stationary) and the other from Meredith Willson, composer of The Music Man, regarding sponsorship of the Pierre Monteux Memorial Foundation.  Willson's letter (1 p. on personal stationary, with original transmissal envelope) reads in part "[y]our letter reawakened many warm memories of my San Francisco days when I was privileged to know you and the peerless Monteux."  The final letter is a TLS (December 18, 1973; 1 p.) from prominent opera conductor Thomas Schippers. All in fine condition. Read More...

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106. [Conductors] Schmidt-Isserstedt, Hans. (1900-1973).
Signed Photograph

Signed photograph of the German conductor, taken during his tenure with the NDR Symphony Orchestra of Hamburg, inscribed: "For my friend Larry Davis/ Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt/ 28.1.63".  Conductor's name in pen to the lower margin in another hand.  Surface crease to lower left corner, else fine.  8 x 10 inches (20.32 x 25.4 cm.). Read More...

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107. [Conductors] Shaw, Robert. (1916-1999).
Signed Photograph

Signed photograph of the American conductor, inscribed: "To Larry Davis— With deepest / deepest thanks for / his friendliness and / helpfulness at I.U. / Robert Shaw."  The photograph has been dated "Mar. 11, 1959" in ink to lower margin.  Mounting remnants to rear, else in fine condition.  8 x 10 inches (20.32 x 25.4 cm.). Read More...

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108. [Conductors] Slonimsky, Nicolas. (1894–1995).
"[I] decided that it was no use trying to bring order out of the chaos reigning in the previous editions of 'Baker'" - Typed Letter Signed

Humorous TLS from the important conductor, author, pianist, and musicologist containing interesting insights into his editing the fifth edition of Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians.  June 20, 1959.  1 pp., on Slonimsky's stationary. Read More...

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109. [Conductors] Toscanini, Arturo. (1867–1957).
Signed Photograph to the Box Office Treasurer of the New York Philharmonic

Signed doubleweight Renato Toppo of New York photograph of the great conductor, who has boldly signed and inscribed in white ink to Edward Hochner, Box Office Treasurer of the New York Philharmonic, "To Eddy / Arturo Toscanini / April 24 1936"  In very fine condition.  8 x 10 inches (20.3 x 25.4 cm.).

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110. [Conductors] Walter, Bruno. (1876–1962).
Signed Photograph

Signed postcard photograph of the great conductor, dated "Münchin, Oktober 1919," and with the label "Bruno Walter/ K. Bay. Generalmusikdirektor," identifying his position at the time as the General Music Director of the Bavarian State Opera, printed beneath.  Mounting remnants to rear, silvering to photograph, light wear to corners, else fine.  3.5 x 5.5 inches (8.9 x 14 cm.).

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111. [Opera] Devriès, Fidès. (1851-1941).
Original Cabinet Photograph

Original jumbo cabinet photograph of the Dutch-American soprano and member of a family of opera singers, known for her career in the Paris Opéra and for creating the role of Chimène in Massenet’s Le Cid. Devriès is seen in an elegantly betassled coat and hat, photographed by Benque & co., Paris. On the photographer's mount. Some very light foxing; overall in very fine condition. 5.25 x 8.5 inches (13.4 x 21.4 cm).

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112. [Opera] Duncan, Todd. (1903-1998).
Signed Program

Signed program from a performance by the baritone ca. 1950, his signature to front page together with additional signatures from pianist William Allen and Duncan's wife, Gladys Jackson Duncan, who has signed "Mrs. Todd Duncan."  The performance included vocal music from Handel, Scarlatti, Brahms, Richard Strauss, Tchaikovsky, Hely-Hutchinson, Bridge, Verdi, and a selection of "Negro Spirituals."  An unknown hand has amended Mussorgsky's "Song of the Flea"  before the intermission.  Vertical and horizontal crease, two-inch horizontal tear along crease, else good.  Together with an unsigned program for 1953–54 performance at Civic Auditorium in Seattle, surface creases else fine, and two unsigned programs for a joint recital at the same venue in 1955–56 with soprano Camilla Williams, very fine.  6.25 x 9.5 inches (15.9 x 24.1 cm.). Read More...

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113. [Opera] Duprez, Gilbert. (1806-1896).
Autograph letter to Louis-Henri Obin

Autograph letter of the French tenor and composer to French bass Louis-Henri Obin. 2 pp.; bifolium with embossed monogram. Paris, 4 March 1868, signed "G. Duprez". In French. He asks Obin to perform a musical composition of his, apparently two excerpts from the opera Jeanne d'Arc. Usual folds, partly detached; otherwise in fine condition. Read More...

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114. [Opera] Farrell, Eileen. (1920–2002).
Signed Photograph

Signed photograph of the American soprano, who has inscribed "Best wishes / Eileen Farrell."  Light crease to upper left corner, else in very fine condition.  8 x 10 inches (20.3 x 25.4 cm.). Read More...

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115. [Opera] Gorin, Igor. (1904–1982).
Signed Photograph

Signed J. Abresch of NY photograph of the Ukrainian-born American baritone, inscribed "Sincerely, Igor Gorin."  Small crease to upper left corner, else very fine, 8 x 10 inches (20.3 x 25.4 cm.) Read More...

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116. [Opera] Hayes, Roland. (1887–1977) [Monteux, Pierre. (1875–1964)].
Two Typed Letters Signed to Monteux

Pair of TLS from the African-American lyric tenor to Doris Monteux, his friend and widow of the French conductor, both regarding a 1966 performance for the Pierre Monteux Memorial Foundation.  Both letters written from Brookline, MA; 1 p. on personal stationary.  Expected mailing folds, light toning, else fine.  7.25 x 10.5 inches (18.4 x 26.6 cm.).  In the first letter (October 11, 1965) Hayes begins by expressing regret that he cannot take a more substantial role in the newly-established Foundation.  In part, "I am so sorry that I cannot make a more vital and meaningful contribution to this great project than just service.  But this I will do with all my heart for I owe much indeed to your beloved Pierre Monteux."  He goes on to suggest possible dates the following summer and fall when he would be available and possible repertoire; "I could perform the aria I did some years go by Bach from his sacred Cantata- No. 160- for tenor; and a heavy aria by Mozart (a Concert aria: 'Per Pieta Non Recercate' for tenor and orchestra...There are two or three Aframerican religious folksongs I could do with orchestra or with just Boardman and myself," referencing Reginald Boardman (1916–1992), pianist and frequent Hayes accompanist.  He discusses with great humor caring for his wife as she recovers from a ruptured disc, "I am 'chief cook and bottle washer' and believe me, I am on the job continually- for she does not want anyone else for the time being."  He concludes by saying "My wife, Alzada, joins me in warm greetings and kind regards. / Always to be counted as a devoted friend," and has signed "Roland."  Hayes has written his phone number in Brookline and what appears to be a contact number for Boardman in the left margin. Read More...

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117. [Opera] Hunt, Lois. (1924–2009).
Signed Photograph

Signed sepia-toned photograph of the Lyric Soprano, shown smiling in an ornate and feathery hat, and inscribed "Sincerely, Lois Hunt."  Vertical crease to lower half of photograph, else fine, 5 x 6.87 inches (12.7 x 17.4 cm.).

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118. [Opera] [INSTRUMENTALIST!] Kipnis, Igor. (1930–2002).
Morea Caricature – Signed and Dedicated to Igor Kipnis

An amusing caricature drawing from the Estate of Igor Kipnis, important keyboard player who brought renewed interest worldwide to his instrument and who comissioned/premiered many important works for the instrument.  Son of Russian bass, Alexander Kipnis (and the reason why we mistakenly put this in the Opera section of the catalogue!), he performed extensively throughout the world and recorded virtually all the major harpischord works from the 16th century to the present.  Inscribed "a Igor Kipnis great clavecinate from Morea 2/6 24 horas TV. CANA/5."  Some creasing, warping and darkening of the paper, else fine.  Measures 18.75 inches x 11.75 inches (47.6 x 29.8 centimeters).

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Impressive autograph album containing signed postcard photographs and other autographs from Austrian and German actors, opera singers and others from ca. 1920's–1930's. Included are signatures from Charlotte Wolter, Else Wohlgemuth, Hilde Wagener, Werner Krauß, tenor Alfred Piccaver, Auguste Wilbrandt-Baudius, Maria Paudler, Bella Paalen, Alfred Jerger, Erich Meller, Viktor Flemming, Philipp Zeska, Paul Pranger, Hans Mose, Hans Duhan, Alfred Jerger, Marie Gerhart, Paul Hartmann, conductor Robert Heger, Albert Heine, Otto Schmöle, writer Rudolf Hans Bartsch (ALS, August 18, 1912), Henny Porten, Gusti Pichler, Ludwig Andersen, and many others. Many of the performers are represented by two autographs on facing pages. Ca. 52 different signatures in total, with several unsigned photographs also included throughout. In fine condition overall, most photographs mounted without glue. 4.5 x 6.5 inches (12 x 16.5 cm).

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120. [Opera] Pavarotti, Luciano. (1935–2007).
Original Photograph in "La bohème" at La Scala.

Original period Piccagliani of La Scala photograph of the superstar Italian tenor in costume as Rodolfo for a production of Puccini's La bohème.  Copyright stamp to verso by E. Piccagliani.  Small creases in corners, light warping, else fine.  5 x 7 inches (12.7 x 17.8 cm.).

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