Late Summer 2021 Catalogue

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Original large format exhibition photograph showing Bernstein, Blitzstein, and Blake watching an unidentified pianist (who bears a striking resemblance to composer Elliot Carter) at the keyboard, taken at the "Rountable on Ragtime"at Tanglewood in Lenox, MA in the summer of 1951.  Board-mounted silver gelatin print with Kalischer's signature to mount and Stockbridge stamp and hand-numbering to verso of mount.  [Lenox, 1951]. A few modest scuffs to the mount, else fine.  Photograph 10.5 x 13.5 inches;  Mount 20 x 16 inches. Read More...

Carte de visite photograph of the French composer, as captured by photographer Nadar, whose signature "N" is printed in red at the lower right. Some light wear, overall very fine.  2.5 x 4 inches (6.5 x 10.3 cm).

3. [Brahms, Johannes. (1833–1897)].
Engraved Visiting Card

Original engraved printed visiting card of the great composer, giving his name and address "Johannes Brahms / IV. Karlsgasse 4." in printed script. Light toning, else fine.  3.5 x 2.15 inches (8.9 x 5.5 cm.).

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4. [Brahms, Johannes. (1833–1897)] Barrymore, Lionel. (1878–1954).
Signed Letter with Rare Photograph of Brahms in Austria

Typed letter signed by actor Lionel Barrymore to pianist Gustave Becker, incorrectly addressing him as "Professor Decker" and complimenting him on a recent performance as part of the radio program Life Begins at 80.  April 8, 1949.  Barrymore writes, in part, "Just a short note to express my great appreciation for your two splendid piano renditions last Sunday evening...As you may know, I am a music lover and since one of your selections was by Brahms, I thought you might enjoy having the enclosed snap of the Composer taken in 1844 [sic]."  Horizontal mailing fold, else in fine condition.  6 x 7.75 inches (15.2 x 19.7 cm.).  Together with a photocopy of a profile on Becker from the February 4, 1940 Sunday Journal-Herald entitled "Gustave L. Becker: Pianist and Composer Who Knew Brahms." From the collection of the grandson of Gustave L. Becker (1861–1959). Read More...

5. Brahms, Johannes. (1833–1897).
Ein deutsches Requiem nach Worten der heil. Schrift für Soli, Chor und Orchester (Orgel ad libitum) . . . Op. 45. Full score

Leipzig and Winterthur,: J. Rieter-Biedermann. [1868]. First Edition. 191 pp. Lithograph; Music engraved. [PN] 592. Lacking the title page, but including the text pages and otherwise complete and in fine condition throughout. Gilt-impressed red textured paper over boards (with impressed text "Offert A A. Claussmann par A. Samie / Royat 1877"), five raised bands at spine. McCorkle p. 177. The first edition full score to Brahms's heavenly Requiem is seldom encountered, this copy from the collection of French organist, pianist and composer Aloÿs Claussmann (1850-1926). Read More...

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6. [Brahms, Johannes. (1833–1897)].
Announcement of Brahms' Death

A printed black-bordered document announcing the death of Johannes Brahms on April 3, 1897. Published by the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Vienna, of which Brahms was the honorary president, the document gives notice of his funeral, to be held on April 6, 1897.  Read More...

Autograph signatures from the influential English composer and the tenor on a 4 x 2.5 inch (10.2 x 6.4 cm.) card.  Very fine. Read More...

8. Chaminade, Cecile. (1857–1944).
Signed Recital Program and Photograph

An uncommon 1907 program from an entire London Hyde Park Hotel concert devoted to the works of the popular French composer and pianist. Chaminade herself played several solo works and joined with singers Alice Mandeville and Leon Rennay for the other works. Boldly signed and dated in pencil and sold together with a vintage postcard photograph. 17 x 23 cm. Irregularly trimmed along edges, verso with mounting traces along upper edge, central crease a bit foxed and partially separated at sides. Read More...

Collection of signed photographs, including numerous important figures from the worlds of jazz and classical music, dance and entertainment, together with several autograph and typed letters signed.  Some of the more notable names include Pearl Bailey, Sid Caesar, Robert Casadesus, Maurice Chevalier, Phyllis Curtin, Antal Dorati, Eileen Farrell, Lukas Foss, Edwin Frank Goldman, Dick Hyman, Robert Joffrey, Grant Johannesen, Andre Kostelanetz, Henry Mancini, Peter Mennin, Zubin Metha, Patrice Munsel, Wilfrid Pelletier, Max Rudolf, William Schumann, Gunther Schuller, Rise Stevens, Walter Susskind, Deems Taylor, Renata Tebaldi, Virgil Thomson, Jennie Tourel, Leonard Warren, Vitya Vrinsky and Victor Babin.  Generally in fine condition and measuring 8 x 10 inches (20.3 x 25.4 cm.) unless otherwise indicated. Complete alphabetical list, as follows: Read More...

10. Copland, Aaron. (1900–1990).
Fantasía Mexicana - SIGNED SCORE

New York: Boosey & Hawkes. Upright 4to.  Signed piano score of excerpts from the important American composer's El Salón México, arranged by Johnny Green for the 1947 film Fiesta.  Copland has signed at the head of the first page of music "Aaron Copland / 1977".  Originally published 1947, this edition ca. 1970.  [No PN].  Some light wear at edges, but overall in very fine condition.  5 pp. self-printed wrappers.  9 x 12 inches (23 x 30.5 cm). Read More...

11. Friml, Rudolf. (1879–1972).
Signed Driver's License Application

California State driver's license application signed by the American composer and pianist who wrote "Rose Marie" and "The Vagabond King," among other popular works. Signed on the recto and verso, along with Friml's right thumb fingerprint, and dated January 26, 1945. The document measures 4 x 5 inches [10 x 13 centimeters]. In very fine condition. 

12. Gershwin, George. (1898–1937).
Original Photograph

Period promotional photograph of the composer at the piano, his eyes looking directly into the lens.  A typed press blurb to verso reads "George Gershwin who will be guest performer with Fred Waring's Pennsylvanians on the Ford dealers' broadcast Sunday evening, February 25, from 8:30 to 9."  Staple marks to upper left margin, light surface wear to upper right quarter, else in fine condition.  8 x 10 inches (20.3 x 25.4 cm.).  Read More...

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Three early editions of the composer's "The Last Hope."  Two editions share plate numbers, but are slightly different in their layout and have different price indications. Read More...

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14. Harburg, E.Y. [Edgar Yipsel] (1896–1981).
"The World is Your Balloon" - Signed Sheet Music

New York: Chapell. 1951. Scarce signed sheet music from the popular lyricist of this song from the 1951 musical, "Flahooley." In addition to his lyrics for this song, Yarburg is remembered as lyricist of “Over The Rainbow,” “Brother Can You Spare A Dime?,” and “Paper Moon.”  5pp.  Signed on the front cover in blue felt tip, "E. Y. Harburg." In fine condition.  9 x 12 inches (22.86 x 30.48 cm.).

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15. [Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus. (1756–1791)] Nissen, Georg Nicolaus von. (1761–1826).

Leipzig: Breitkopf & Hartel. 1828. First edition. Biographie W. A. Mozart's. Nach Originalbriefen, Sammlungen alles über ihn Geschriebenen, mit vielen neuen Beylagen, Steindrücken, Musikblättern und einem Facsimile. Nach dessen Tode hrsg. von Constanze, Wittwe von Nissen, früher Wittwe Mozart. Mit einem Vorworte vom Dr. Feuerstein in Pirna.  2 volumes in 1.  1 lithogr. Portrait (Nissen), 6 lithogr. folding sheets (12 music pp). 8vo. XLIV (including subscriber's list), 702 pp. Lacking the various portraits and facsimiles other than as noted present. In original decorative blue wrappers, heavily damaged and worn, spine barely holding together with many pages loose and split from blocks, Nissen portrait heavily foxed, significant tears with losses through first ten pages, a few other small tears, chips and stains later in the volume. Ownership inscriptions to inner front wrapper, one dated 1829.  A very troubled example, but nevertheless a quite rare copy of the first major biography of Mozart, written by Constanze Mozart's second husband, "even today as a source of valuable material of importance" (Wolffheim).  Nissen married Mozart's widow Constanze in 1809. This work, which Constanze saw into print after Nissen's death in 1826, made public for the first time many hitherto unknown documents and details of Mozart's life from direct knowledge and personal contacts, and has served as a basic source ever since (see New Grove, 13: 253).  Eitner VII, 97. - Fétis VI, 248. - Wolffheim II, 577.  Read More...

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18. Pizzetti, Ildebrando. (1880–1968).
Correspondence Related to a Speaking Engagement including Autograph Letter Signed

Grouping of ALS and two telegrams from the Italian composer to Professor Irma Antonetto of the Associazione Culturale Italiana, regarding a speaking engagement in the first half of 1954.  ALS dated 8 October, 1953, wherein he proposes titling his lecture "The Orchestra: Secrets and enchantments, illusions and deceptions."  Rome; 1 pp.  Mailing folds, two holes to left margin, else in fine condition.  8.25 x 11.75 inches (21 x 29.8 cm.).  Several months later in a telegram dated 27 February 1954, he asks [Translated from the Italian] "Please call me in the morning."  In the second telegram dated 1 March he informs the professor "My wife's state of health has deteriorated such that I couldn't possibly leave her alone, so I must cancel my speaking engagement STOP Please understand STOP Cordially Ildebrando Pizzetti."  Recipient's name to verso of second telegram.  Expected surface creases, two holes to left margin, else in fine condition.  Approx. 7.25 x 6 inches (18.4 x 15.2 cm.). Read More...

19. Rózsa, Miklós. (1907–1995) [Kodály, Zoltán. (1882–1967)].
"Kodály, after a wife about 100 years old, has taken a 20-year old as a wife" — Autograph Letter Signed

Amusing ALS from the Academy Award-winning composer to an unidentified "dear friend," concerning developments in the personal life of the composer Zoltán Kodály.  May 14, 1960;  1 pp. on personal stationary, translated from the Hungarian, German, and Italian in full.  "My dear friend / Thank you for sending me the 23-year-old interview, which I hadn't seen before and which of course interested me.  Well, Kodály, after a wife about 100 years old, has taken a 20-year-old as a wife.  'There is no fool like an old fool.'  Party gossip has it that she is expecting.  If it isn't true...  They are probably very glad that Fink is back from Europe. / With many kind regards to all, / Rósza Miklós."  ALS from Rózsa are uncommon.  Mailing folds, else fine.  8 x 10 inches (20.3 x 25.4 cm.).  Together with typed English translation. Read More...

20. Rachmaninoff, Sergei. (1873–1943).
Signed Photograph to George Gaber

Signed doubleweight photograph of the Russian composer and pianist at his desk, inscribed to George Gaber and dated 1943. Slight ripple along the upper margin, otherwise in fine condition, approx. 10 x 8 inches (25.4 x 20.3 cm.). Read More...

21. Shostakovich, Dimitri. (1906–1975).
Original Press Photograph

Original 1967 press photograph of the great Soviet composer, show in a meditative pose. Press caption printed vertically to the right of the image reads: "Dmitri Shostakovich, who remains the big man of Russian music today. A revered figure in the nation, he is loved for his music and his qualities as a human being. A shy man, with a frail constitution, he is rarely see[n] in public." Dated on the verso: October 25, 1967. Slight wrinkling with crop markings in one margin; otherwise in fine condition. 8 x 10 inches (20.3 x 25.7 cm).

22. Shostakovich, Dimitri. (1906–1975).
Heart Attack - Original Press Photograph

Original press photograph from 1962 of the great Soviet composer, with press caption printed below the image reporting on his heart attack in 1966. Dated May 31, 1966. Irregularly trimmed, otherwise in fine condition. 4.5 x 7.5 inches (11.5 x 18.9 cm), 4.5 x 6 inches without caption.