Late Summer 2021 Catalogue

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23. Shostakovich, Dimitri. (1906–1975).
Original Press Photograph Announcing the Composer's Death

Original press photograph from 1973, with 1975 press caption announcing the composer's death printed below the image. Dated August 9, 1975. Significant toning and irregular margins; otherwise in good condition. 8 x 11 inches (20.2 x 28 cm).

24. Shostakovich, Dimitri. (1906–1975).
Original Press Photograph taken from "Testimony"

Press photograph of the great Soviet composer at work, taken from the controversial memoir "Testimony," which was published in October 1979. The memoir, "as related to and edited by Solomon Volkov," was released four years after Shostakovich's death and purported to reveal Shostakovich's anti-Soviet views, although these were hotly contested by Soviet authorities and the veracity of the memoir is still in question. Original press clipping and stamps on the verso, dated October-November 1979. Slight wear to the edges; overall in fine condition. 5 x 7 inches (12.7 x 17.8 cm).

25. Shostakovich, Dimitri. (1906–1975).
Visit to London - Original 1960 Photograph

Original press photograph of the great Soviet composer, listening intently to a rehearsal of the Leningrad Symphony Orchestra during his 1960 visit to London.  The trip fell during a tumultuous year for the composer, in which he finally yielded to the official pressure to join the Communist Party. Dated on the verso: September 21, 1960. With some scratches and wrinkling; overall in very good condition. 6 x 8 inches (15.3 x 20.7 cm).

26. Schulhof, Otto. (1889–1958).
Autograph Musical Quotation

AMQS from the Viennese pianist and composer, a professor at the Wiener Musikakademie, pianist on various recordings and on concert tours with Casals, Feuermann, Cassado as well as with many other singers and cellists. He often performed his own transcriptions and paraphrases on Johann Strauss themes, making a few recordings into the LP era. The present 8-bar quotation, boldly written in pencil and identified as "Valse," appears to be one of these Strauss-inspired compositions. Signed and dated 1930, with a mounted inset sepia photograph on an album page measuring 4.1 x 6.1 inches (10.5 x 15.5 cm.).  In fine condition.

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27. Still, William Grant. (1895–1978).
Signed Concert Program

Concert program from a March 27, 1966 performance by the Tucson High School Fine Arts concert band, signed to cover in blue ink by the American composer.  Still served as guest conductor that evening, leading the high school band in performance of his Little Red School House and selections taken from The American Scene.  Toning to interior pages, else in fine condition.  5.5 x 9 inches (14 x 22.9 cm.). Read More...

28. Stravinsky, Igor. (1882–1971).
Signed Photograph

Doubleweight photograph of the composer leading an orchestra (almost certainly the LA Philharmonic) in rehearsal, signed and inscribed in black ink with portion of inscription intentionally obscured with white crayon, thus reading "Sincerely I. Stravinsky / Los Angeles / 26.II.'35."  Apart from the strange "fix" to the inscription, mounting remnant on verso and a slight ripple along the upper edge, in fine condition. 8 x 10 inches (20.3 x 25.4 cm.).

Album Amicorum from "El Retiro," the Santa Barbara residence of the wealthy socialites Pierre Clinch Merillon (1899–1991) and the Comtesse Michelle D'Oultremont (1904–1977) who were married in 1930 and whose home in Santa Barbara was a gathering place for luminaries living in or visiting CA.  Red leather with gold embossed florets and "The Open Door" to front cover, entries dated 1941–1949 on twenty-four sides, including several drawings and numerous autographs and inscriptions.  A page dated 1942 is signed by both Vera and Igor Stravinsky as well as Georgette and Arthur Sachs, among others.  The following page includes signatures of Nadia Boulanger (22 Sept 1942), as well as by Rosamond and William K. Vanderbilt, among others.  A boldly penned inscription from French poet, dramatist and diplomat Pierre Paul Claudel appears opposite a beautifully rendered watercolor of a flower by his wife Marion Cartier Claudel, daughter of Pierre Cartier of the three legendary Cartier brothers jewelry firm (signed "MC").  Other pages signed and inscribed by members of other wealthy and notable French families, including du Brissonay, Lalaing, Lustrac, as well as Hedwige Princesse de Bourbon, and many others.  Split along upper left cover, else in fine condition.  Approx. 5.5 x 7.75 inches (14 x 19.5 cm.).

Autograph Letter Signed from the composer and Vera Stravinsky to Kyriena Siloti (1895–1989), pianist and teacher, on the death of her father, the celebrated Russian pianist, composer, conductor, and teacher Alexander Siloti. Ink on pale blue paper.  Folding creases; otherwise in very fine condition.  20.5 x 25 cm.  With the original transmissal envelope in the hand of the composer, postmarked California, December 14, 1945.  Read More...

An intriguing album with nineteen manuscript contributions, including fifteen signed autograph musical quotations and four autograph poems, dated 1851–1865, two penned from The Hague, else mostly Brussels. Some of the more notable contributions are from François-Joseph Fétis, Hubert Léonard, Henry Litolff, Émile Prudent, Jakob Rosenhain, Adolphe Samuel, and the poet Augustine-Malvina Blanchecotte.  The inscriptions are generally addressed to Madame Fanny Tilmont (1835–1894), née Debas, whose album this evidently was and who is listed in a 1895 edition of the Monatshefte für Musikgeschichte as a piano virtuoso born in Schaerbeck, Belgium.  Also includes approx. 30 unused leaves, loose-leafed in bookshaped, blindstamped and gilt-lettered green morocco box, all edges of leaves and box gilt. General wear to box, leaves with slight edge wear but overall fine given age.  10.25 x 7.7 inches (26 x 19.5 cm.).

32. [Instrumentalists] Bauer, Harold. (1873–1951).
Autograph Signature

Autograph album leaf signed by the wonderful English pianist, together with a stamp-sized halftone photograph mounted to the upper right corner.  The autograph's recipient has written "Jan. 20, 1940 / Harold Bauer, world-famous pianist" to the lower margin.  In fine condition.  6.75 x 5 inches (17.1 x 12.7 cm.). Read More...

33. [Instrumentalists] Busch, Adolf. (1891–1952).
Signed Progam

Concert program from a Sunday, April 23, 1939 performance with the New York Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall, signed to cover by the German-Swiss violinist.  The performance, which featured Busch as soloist for Beethoven's Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D major, also included Schubert's Symphony No. 7 in C major and the United States premiere of Dubensky's Anno 1600 Suite for String Orchestra.  8 pp.  Light vertical crease to middle, else in fine condition.  6 x 9 inches (15.2 x 22.9 cm.).

34. [Instrumentalists] Feuermann, Emanuel. (1902–1942).
Autograph Signature

Uncommon autograph album leaf signed by the great cellist, who has penned "E Feuermann" in black ink, together with a halftone photograph mounted to the right of the signature.  The recipient of the signature has written "Jan. 13, 1940 / Emmanuel Feuermann, great cellist" in pencil to the lower margin.  A portion of Feuermann's obituary from the local Cincinnati paper is mounted to verso with glue showing through a bit, else in fine condition.  6.75 x 5 inches (17.1 x 12.7 cm.). Read More...

35. [Instrumentalists] Heifetz, Jascha. (1901–1987).
Childhood Postcard Photograph

Rare early Russian postcard photograph of the legendary violinist, taken ca. 1908 with stamp to lower right identifying the photographer as "Imperial Theatres Photographer Fischer."  Heifetz, photographed holding his instrument, is identified by white text showing his name in the Cyrillic alphabet.  Edge wear, moderate silvering with scattered fingerprints to surface, light crease to lower right corner, else in fine condition.  3.5 x 5.5 inches (9 x 13.8 cm.).

36. [Instrumentalists] Heifetz, Jascha. (1901–1987).
Autograph Signature

Autograph signature from the great violinist, who has penned his name and the year 1938 to an autograph album leaf.  A halftone photograph of Heifetz has been affixed below the signature, and the note "Jascha Heifetz, very famous violinist" has been written in pencil to the lower right corner in an unknown hand.  An understatement if ever there was one!  In fine condition.  6.75 x 5 inches (17.1 x 12.7 cm.).

37. [Instrumentalists] Iturbi, José. (1895–1980).
Signed Photograph to the Box Office Treasurer of the New York Philharmonic

Handsome photograph of the Spanish pianist and conductor, who has boldly signed and inscribed to the Box Office Treasurer of the New York Philharmonic, "To Mr. Edward / Hochner, with very / kind regards. / José Iturbi / 1937."  In fine condition.  8 x 10 inches (20.3 x 25.4 cm.).

38. [Instrumentalists] Kreisler, Fritz. (1875–1962).
Signed Photograph

Vintage glossy 8 x 10 inch photograph of the beloved American violinist and composer of Austrian birth who was one of the most important musicians of the last century. Bust portrait of Kreisler with his violin, inscribed and signed boldly to the lower blank margin. Fine.

39. [Instrumentalists] Neveu, Ginette. (1919–1949).
Signed Recital Program

Recital program from a performance at the Welwyn Garden Music Club on March 18, 1946.  The brilliant French violinist, who has signed the front of the program, was accompanied by her brother, the pianist Jean Neveu, in a performance including works by Bach, Beethoven, Corelli, Ravel, Paganini, and Scriabin.  Signed programs from Neveu are rare.  Some creasing, else in fine condition.  Single sheet.  5 x 8 inches (12.7 x 20.3 cm.). Read More...

40. [Instrumentalists] Oistrakh, David. (1908–1974).
Signed Postcard Photograph

Color promotional postcard photograph of the legendary Soviet violinist, who has signed in blue marker.  A select listing of Oistrakh recordings available from Melodia and Eurodisc to verso.  Foxing to verso, somewhat poor ink adherence, otherwise in fine condition.  4 x 5.75 inches (10.2 x 14.6 cm.). Read More...

41. [Instrumentalists] Pires, Maria João. (b. 1944).
Signed Postcard Photograph

Deutsche Grammophon postcard photograph of the Lisbon-born pianist, who during her sixty-year career has been closely associated with the classical and romantic canon.  She has signed with purple felt-tip to the lower margin.  In very fine condition.  4 x 6 inches (10.2 x 15.2 cm.).

42. [Instrumentalists] Rubinstein, Arthur. (1887–1982).
Autograph Signature

Autograph album leaf signed by the great pianist, together with a trimmed halftone photograph mounted to the right of the signature.  The autograph's recipient has written "Feb. 19, 1939 / Artur Rubinstein / world-famous pianist" to the lower margin.  In fine condition.  6.75 x 5 inches (17.1 x 12.7 cm.).