Summer 2021 Catalogue


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1. Adams, John. (b. 1947) [Donne, John. (1572–1631)].
"Harmonium - 1. Negative Love" - Autograph Musical Quotation Signed

AMQS from the American composer, who has penned five measures for voice from "Negative Love," the first of three songs in his Harmonium cycle.  Adams has inscribed "For Steve Juscik," adding the text "This as yet my ease and comfort is" and signing "J Adams / October, 1988."  While the second and third movements of Harmonium are settings of Emily Dickinson poems, "Negative Love" takes as its text a composition by John Donne.  In fine condition.  8.5 x 5.5 inches (21.6 x 14 cm.). Read More...

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New York: Basic Books. 1967. First edition. Interesting volume of essays on American symphonic music by some of the leading composers and interpreters of the 20th century. The volume, edited by Henry Swoboda, has been signed in various inks on the first free endpage by 6 contributors, including the composers Walter Piston, Gunther Schuller, Leon Kirchner, Lukas Foss, and William Schuman, as well as by the conductor Erich Leinsdorf. Hardcover, 8vo (22 cm). xiii, 208 pp. Dustjacket heavily chipped, lower edge of upper board frayed, toning to inner boards and endpages, generally very good.

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3. [Bach, Johann Sebastian. (1685–1750)] Mesens, E. L. T. (1903–1971).
"Troisième front: poèmes de guerre, suivi de Pièces détachées" ["Third Front & Detached Pieces"] - SIGNED

London: London Gallery Editions. 1944. First. Softcover.  8vo.  47 pp. plus signed limitation page, hand numbered by the author 441 from the edition of 500.  Pale green paper covers contained in the original yellow paper wrappers, all slightly toned but otherwise in fine condition; block split from cover along rear gutter with glue remnants visible along front and rear gutters.  Several gatherings uncut.  Overall a crisp, beautiful copy.  Signed bilingual edition, translated by Roland Penrose and Mesens with illustrations by the author, including numerous poems concerning music, such as "La partition compléte / The Complete Score," accompanied by a two-page illustration of five staves covered in unusual key signatures and objects.  Another poem "Le clavecin bien tamponné / de Jean Sébastien Bach / Entièrement Fait a la main / par l'artiste / en personne," appears with an illustration of a hand playing the piano. Read More...

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4. Barber, Samuel. (1910-1981).
Signed Photograph to Ralph Berkowitz

Superb early right-facing bust doubleweight photograph of the dashing young American composer and conductor, signed and inscribed "To my good friend Ralph / Sam / West Chester / March '37." The recipient and dedicatee of the photograph was American composer and pianist Ralph Berkowitz, who with cellist Felix Salmond, performed Barber's Cello Sonata on March 7, 1937 at a surprise party arranged by Mary Curtis Bok for Barber's twenty-seventh birthday (Barbara Heyman, "Samuel Barber: The Composer and His Music," p. 115).  Signed photographs of Barber are extremely rare and desirable and this is a particularly early and remarkable example with a wonderful association.  8 x 10 inches. Light wear to margins, overall very fine.  Read More...

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5. Britten, Benjamin. (1913–1976).
"I am pleased that you should want to sing something of mine" - Autograph Letter Signed

ALS from the important English composer to a Miss Grove recommending some of his pieces for her chorus.  2 pp., undated, on stationary for the English Opera Group: "Dear Miss Grove, Thank you for your nice letter. Congratulations on your fine success with your Choral Society. / I am pleased that you should want to sing something of mine.  A Capella. I have already written several pieces: - ‘A Boy was Born’ [op. 3] – a considerable & difficult piece, lasting about 20 minutes, with some boys’ voices (not difficult).  O.U.P. / ‘Hymn to St. Cecilia’ – a shorter & not so exacting piece, with a short soprano solo (can be taken for the choir) (Boosey’s Hawkes).  Apart from a part-song or two, Booseys are now bringing out Five Flower songs [op. 47] which I’ve only recently completed.  They’d be suitable for your choir, I should think. / In thanks, with best wishes for the choir. / Yours sincerely, [Signature]."  Vertical and horizontal crease with two small incidents of spotting, else fine.  8 x 7 inches (20.3 x 17.8 cm.). Read More...

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6. [Britten, Benjamin. (1913–1976)] [Leppard, Raymond. (1927–2019)].
"The Making of 'Peter Grimes. Facsimile of Benjamin Britten's Compositional Draft." - A Gift to Raymond Leppard on His 70th Birthday

Cambridge: The Boyden Press. 1996. First. The Making of "Peter Grimes:" I. Facsimile of Benjamin Britten's composition draft and II. Notes and Commentaries.  Facsimile issued on the occasion of  50th anniversary of the 1st production on June 7, 1945 by the Sadler's Wells Opera Company, with Notes and Commentaries by Paul Banks, Philip Brett, Benjamin Britten, Eric Crozier, Donald Mitchell, Peter Pears, Philip Reed, Rosamund Strode. Edited by Paul Banks. 2 vols, 4°, 241 facs, 251 pp. Housed in a gray slipcase. Together with a November, 1997 Typed Letter Signed from "Marion + Jeremy" and "Donald," presenting the volumes to Raymond Leppard on the occasion of his 70th birthday. Second volume spine label beginning to peel from cloth, else in very fine condition throughout. Read More...

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7. Chabrier, Emmanuel. (1841–1894) [Benoit, Peter. (1834 -1901)].
"España" - Inscribed to Peter Benoit

Paris: Enoch Frères & Costallat, 27, boulevard des Italiens.. [1896]. Espana. Rapsodie pour Orchestre...Partition d'Orchestre. Upright folio. Gray printed paper wrappers. Title (v.b.); 1- 61 pp. 10.75 x 13.75 inches (27 x 35 cm).  [PN] 891. Inscribed and signed on the title page to the Belgian composer Peter Benoit: "Hommage a Peter Benoit / Emmanuel / Chabrier."  Title and first few pages with heavy foxing but subsequently less and completely clean after page 7; approx. 1.25 inch tear from left edge and within throughout, mostly affecting only the margin but occasionally extending just into printed area; wrapper tear repaired with tape, toned and slightly chipped along lower edge, otherwise very good . A rare signed score from the French Romantic composer and pianist.  Read More...

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8. Chausson, Ernest. (1855–1899).
"Quelques danses" – Inscribed to Camille Chevillard

Paris: E. Baudoux et Companie. 1896. First. Inscribed piano score for mature works by the composer who studied with Massenet and Franck.  Score includes four dance movements for piano: Dédicace, Sarabande, Pavane, and Forlane, inscribed in ink on title page: "à Camille Chevillard / cordialement / Ernest Chausson."  Upright folio, constituted of unbound bifolia within slightly larger wrappers.  11 x 14 inches (28 x 35.5 cm).  [PN] E. B. et Cie 296.  20 pp.  Wrappers with light staining and toning, overall in fine condition. Read More...

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9. Coolidge, Elizabeth Sprague. (1864–1953) [Speyer, Louis-Marius. (1890 - 1980)].
Portrait of a boy - Signed Watercolor to Camille and Louis Speyer

Original painted portrait of a young African American boy seated in a chair, singed by the important music patron who has inscribed the artwork in ink "Merry Christmas to Camille and Louis 1949/ E. S. Coolidge." Fine, 8.25 x 7 inches (21 x 17.8 cm.).  Read More...

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10. Creston, Paul. (1906–1985) [Monteux, Pierre. (1875–1964)].
"Pierre Monteux was always an inspiration to me in my creative work. He will continue to be so - as long as there is music in my soul which must be expressed." - Autograph Letter Signed

ALS from the Italian-American composer to Doris Monteux, widow of the great conductor, written five days after his death.  July 6, 1964;  White Plains, N.Y.;  2 pp. on personal stationary.  In part, "I cannot find words to express my condolence for you or my personal bereavement in the loss of our beloved maestro.  I can only think of a phrase from Whitman: 'I do not ask the wounded person how he feels- I, myself, become the wounded person.'...Pierre Monteux was always an inspiration to me in my creative work.  He will continue to be so - as long as there is music in my soul which must be expressed."  Light mailing fold, else very fine.  5.5 x 6.5 inches (14 x 16.5 cm.). Read More...

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11. Dallapiccola, Luigi. (1904-1975).
Collection of Correspondence Related to a Lecture on Language and Music in Italian Melodrama

Grouping of one Typed and three Autograph Letters Signed from the Italian composer to Professor Irma Antonetto of the Associazione Culturale Italiana regarding a speaking arrangement, dated April 1963 through January 1964.  In the first letter (ALS; Rome, 27 April 1963; 1 pp. on Conservatorio di Musica "Luigi Cherubini" Florence stationary), Dallapiccola suggests possible dates in December of the same year or January of the following when he might be available.  The second letter, a TLS dated 1 May 1963 (Florence; 1 pp. on A4 paper), notes, "I have included the drawing reproduced and enlarged, and an ugly portrait (the only one I have)."  In the third letter (ALS; Florence, 17 December 1963; 1 pp. on A4 paper), he discusses his lecture, which will concern the language of opera librettos, particularly Italian melodrama in the 19th century.  In the final letter (ALS;  Florence, 16 January 1964;  1 pp. on A4 paper), he confirms his arrival time.  Dallapiccola gave a lecture entitled "Words and Music in Italian Melodrama" at the ACI on January 24, 1964.  Expected mailing folds, two holes punched in left margin, some creasing, else fine. Read More...

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12. de Polignac, Armande. (1876–1962).
Rare Signed Cabinet Photograph

Very uncommon signed Desgranges of Nice cabinet photograph of the French composer, dated June, 1907. Scattered light stains and handling marks around the edges, extensively annotated for apparent publication on the verso, else fine. 5.4 x 7.4 inches. Read More...

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13. Flagello, Nicolas. (1928–1994).
"Lyra" - Autograph Musical Quotation Signed

AMQS from the American composer, who has penned six measures from his brass sextet Lyra and inscribed "To Steve Juscik— / from 'Lyra' - Brass Sextet / Nicolas Flagello / June 1979 / N.Y.C."  In fine condition.  8.5 x 11 inches (21.6 x 27.9 cm.). Read More...

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Signed photograph of conductor Lorin Maazel, baritone Theodor Uppman, soprano Carolyn Long, and pianist Jesús María Sanromá, the conductor and featured soloists of the Gershwin Concert Orchestra, their individual photographs surrounding an inset portrait of George Gershwin at the piano.   An early example of Maazel's signature.  In fine condition.  8 x 10 inches (20.3 x 25.4 cm.). Read More...

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Two printed music scores, inscribed by their respective composers to the influential pianist and composer Leopold Godowsky. As follows: Read More...

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16. [God Save The King] Beethoven, Ludwig van. (1770–1827).
Variations pour le Piano-Forte sur le Thême God save the King...No. 25. [WoO 78]

Offenbach s/M: Jean André. [ca. 1805]. Oblong folio. Disbound. [i] (title), 3-9, [i] (blank) pp. Lithographed. [PN] 2097. Price: "45xr." Ownership signature to title lower right "Sendor," and stamp "ER" below publisher's imprint. Title and final leaf separated, heavily worn around the edges, small worming holes through score to upper right corner, scattered foxing and light staining. An early edition, published the year following the first edition. Uncommon. WorldCat recording only two copies, both in Germany. Read More...

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17. [God Save The King] .
God Save the King, Harmonized for Four Voices, adapted also for one Voice, with An Accompaniment for the Piano Forte.

London: Preston & Son. [c.1790]. Disbound upright folio. 2 facing pages (verso blank). Engraved. No PN. Price 6d. The present version begins with the words "God save great George our King." In very fine condition, verso edges reinforced with paper support. Read More...

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Mayence: Chez les fils B. Schott. 4to.  8 pp.  Lithograph cover, music engraved throughout.  [PN] 10768.  Disbound from larger volume with resultant knicks and holes along left edge. Seller's stamp visible to lower edge of cover, "Schuberth & Co. Music Depot / 257 / Broadway New York."  Else, in fine condition.  10 x 12.75 inches (25.4 x 32.38 cm.). Read More...

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19. Gottschalk, Louis Moreau. (1829–1869).
"Le Bananier" - First Edition

New York: William Hall & Son. 1882. Upright 4to.  6 pp.  Disbound.  Engraved throughout.  Seller's stamp visible to lower edge of cover, "H.B. Dodworth & Co. / Broadway, N.Y."  In fine condition.  10 x 12.75 inches (25.4 x 32.4 cm.).

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Sammelband containing three complete harp works by the eminent harpist, each published by the author and each with his signature to title page, together with a grouping of miscellaneous selected movements.  Several works are described as "avec accompagnement de Violon," though only harp scores are present.  144 pp.  Upright folio.  Engraved throughout.  Moderately heavy wear to contemporary green boards, corners heavily bumped, upper front right corner perished, faded impressed ownership stamp "Mme DU PAVILLON" to front board.  Light foxing throughout, few early paper mends to margins, music generally fine.  Complete contents described below. Read More...


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