Fall 2021 Catalogue


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1. Bach, Johann Sebastian. (1685–1750).
Autograph Signature

Autograph signature "JS Bach / 1733" on a page measuring 74 x 27 mm, known to have been clipped from one of the composer's three copies of Elias Nicolaus Ammerbach's Orgel oder Instrument Tabulatur. Provenance: Georg Kinsky; Gehard Herz; private collection, by descent, not previously offered on the market until now. Together with a half-length portrait lithograph, ca. 1840 (Artist unknown. Neumann: Bilddokumente B24). Read More...

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2. Bach, Johann Sebastian. (1685–1750) [Kittel, Johann Christian. (1732–1809)].
The Goldberg Variations - An Important Manuscript Copy by Bach's Last Important Student

Contemporary manuscript of the "Goldberg" Variations, BWV 988, in the hand of Bach's pupil Johann Christian Kittel, notated in brown ink on up to ten staves per page, the staves ruled with a rastrum, with attractive calligraphic titles and titlepage: "VIERTER THEIL DER CLAVIER=UBUNG BESTEHEND IN EINER ARIA MIT VERSCHIEDENEN VERANDERUNGEN VORS CLAVICIMBAL MIT ZWEY MANUALEN DENEN LIEBHABERN ZUR GEMUTHS-ERGOETZUNG VERFERTIGET VON JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH KONIG. POLN: UND CHURFURFST. SAECHLISCHEN HOF-COMPOSITEUR CAPELL=MESITER, UND DIRECTORE CHORI MUSICI IN LEIPZIG NON PLUS ULTRA," lower right of title inscribed in another hand (translated from the German) "Remembrance / of his best pupil / J. Chr. Kittel.” Oblong folio. Title; 1 - 36 pp; 11 pp. [blank, ruled]. Contemporary marble paper boards with inset oblong oval title "IV Theil der Clavier Uebungen von Joh. Sebastian Bach." Boards somewhat rubbed, overall in very fine condition. Contained in a custom green cloth box with gilt leather title to spine.  Read More...

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3. Billings, William. (1746–1800).
The Continental Harmony, Containing a Number of Anthems, Fuges, and Chorusses, in Several Parts. Never Before Published. Composed by -- Author of Various Music Books. […] Published According to Act of Congress.

Boston: Printed, Typographically at Boston by Isaiah Thomas and Ebenezer T. Andrews. Sold at their Bookstore, No. 45, Newbury Street; by said Thomas in Worcester; and by the Booksellers in Boston, and elsewhere. 1794. First edition. Letterpress pages. Pp. [i - iv], v-xxxiv, [35]-199, [1] p., [1] leaf of plates [ "Index"], final blank. Original blue paper over boards, sheep spine. Wanting the engraved frontispiece, which it was evidently bound without, indicated by foxing and offset patterns. Other copies are similarly deprived (eg LOC, a copy at Clements), but we have supplied an expert facsimile of his famous circular composition "Connection," printed on early and agreeably toned laid paper. Paper chipped from front board, otherwise a fine and exceptionally clean copy - dare we say, this is almost certainly the crispest condition Billings you are ever likely to encounter. Contained in a dropspine cloth box. Read More...

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4. Blitzstein, Marc. (1905–1964).
Original Photograph

Handsome early doubleweight portrait photograph of the American composer, lyricist and librettist.  In very fine condition.  8 x 10 inches (20.4 x 25.4 cm). Read More...

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5. Blitzstein, Marc. (1905–1964).
Signed Photograph

Scarce signed Friedman-Abeles photograph of the American composer, lyricist and librettist, who has inscribed "For Walter, / from Marc" in blue ballpoint.  Photographer's stamp to verso.  In very fine condition.  8 x 10 inches (20.4 x 25.4 cm). Read More...

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6. Blitzstein, Marc. (1905–1964).
"The Cradle Will Rock" - Signed Revival Playbill

Original Playbill from the 1947 Broadway revival of The Cradle Will Rock, signed to cover by Blitzstein, the composer, lyricist, and librettist.  An original ticket stub and performance sheet have been affixed to the first page.  32 pp.  Cover is split along lower portion of spine, otherwise in fine condition.  6.5 x 9 inches (16.5 x 22.9 cm.). Read More...

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7. [Blitzstein, Marc. (1905–1964) & Welles, George Orson. (1915–1985)].
"The Cradle Will Rock" - Two Original Programs from the 1938 Windsor Theatre Production

Pair of original programs from the oratorio production of The Cradle Will Rock at the Windsor and Mercury Theatres, January and March, 1938.  In fine condition.  6.5 x 9.25 inches (16.5 x 23.5 cm.).   Read More...

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8. Boulanger, Nadia. (1887–1979).
Original Photograph at the Crane School of Music in Potsdam, New York

Original photograph of the important pianist and pedagogue taken during rehearsals at the Crane School of Music in Potsdam, New York during a 1962 trip to America undertaken on the occasion of her 75th birthday.  Unevenly  trimmed, else fine.  4 x 3.75 inches (10.2 x 9.5 cm.). Read More...

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9. Brahms, Johannes. (1833–1897).
Carte de Visite Photograph

Early original CDV photograph of the great composer, photographed by Fritz Luckhardt of Wien.  In very fine condition.  2.5 x 4 inches (6.4 x 10.7 cm.).

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10. [Brahms, Johannes. (1833–1897)] [Mottl, Felix. (1856–1911)] Bittner, Julius. (1874–1939).
Autograph Letter Signed on a Postcard Photograph of Brahms with Adele Strauß

ALS from Julius Bittner, the Austrian composer, written to conductor Felix Mottl on a postcard bearing a photograph of Johannes Brahms and Adele Strauß, third wife of Johann Strauss.  The message reads, translated from the German, "Overleaf, the birthplace of Brahms's symphonies: coffee served by Mrs. Adèle Strauss. / I couldn't help send you this delightful picture. / Yours sincerely / Julius Bittner."  Postmarked 14.11.11.  Light toning and wear, else in fine condition.  5.5 x 3.5 inches (14 x 8.9 cm.). Read More...

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11. Brahms, Johannes. (1833–1897).
Printed Visiting Card with Autograph Note

Original engraved printed visiting card of the great composer, giving his name and address "Johannes Brahms / IV. Karlsgasse 4." in printed script, inscribed with nine lines in the composers's hand.  Dated 8 May, 1889, to an unidentified recipient, the note begins on verso, translated from the German: "Thank you very much for thinking of me so kindly at the Wartburg!  I recently forgot to mention that I am going to Ischl for the summer - unfortunately your 'mountain trips' will not take you there!? - Hopefully the question mark applies."  In lieu of signing, he has underlined his name in printed script on the front of the card.  In very fine condition.  3.4 x 2.25 inches (8.6 x 2.7 cm.). Read More...

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12. Copland, Aaron. (1900–1990).
Autograph Signature

Autograph album leaf signed by the American composer, together with a halftone photograph mounted to the right of the signature.  "Jan 6 - 1939" has been stamped to the lower left corner, and "Aaron Copland, famous modern music composer" has been written in pencil to the lower right.  In fine condition.  6.75 x 5 inches (17.1 x 12.7 cm.).

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13. Copland, Aaron. (1900–1990).
Original Photograph by Jan Hlinka

Original 1976 color photograph of the composer and conductor, taken by the former principal violist of the L.A. Philharmonic, Jan Hlinka.  Mounted to rigid backing, else fine.  8 x 10 inches (20.3 x 25.4 cm.).

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14. Crumb, George. (b. 1929).
"The Mystic Chord (Makrokosmos, Vol. II.)" - Autograph Musical Quotation

AMQS from the influential American composer, noted as an explorer of unusual timbres and extended avant-garde technique. Boldly penned in black in on thick cardstock, 4 x 6 inches [15 x 10 cm].

From the composer's most celebrated work, "Makrokosmos," a series of short character pieces using extended technique on a prepared piano.


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15. Delibes, Léo. (1836–1891).
"I would be very happy to have my portrait in the next issue of Monde Illustré" - Autograph Letter Signed

ALS from the French composer to an unknown individual ("Monsieur") at Le Monde Illustré concerning a portrait for an upcoming article, following the premiere of Lakmé.  "Sunday Evening" [1883];  3 pp.  Translated from the French in full:  "Sir, / My apologies for not having been home when you came.  I would be very happy to have my portrait in the next issue of Monde Illustré and I am quite ready to entrust to your care a Viennese photograph which is not bad, but I went to pose on Saturday at Mr. Charles, photographer, who was coming, he told me, to ask me to stop by his place, for the two newspapers, Le Monde and L'Univers Illustré.  I think he would entrust his print to you.  Anyway, I am at your service, and if you would like to send someone to my place in the afternoon, we will surrender the picture (please, return it to me) to the person who will arrive with a note from you. / Receive, sir, all the most attentive of my compliments. / Léo Delibes / 220, Rivoli".  Expected mailing fold, else in fine condition.  6.5 x 8.1 inches (16.5 x 20.5 cm.). Read More...

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16. Eben, Petr. (1929–2007).
"Okna (Windows) - II. Isachar, the green window" - Autograph Musical Quotation

Unsigned AMQ from the Czech composer, who has penned six measures for trumpet and organ from "Isachar, the green window," the second of four movements in his "Okna (Windows)" cycle.  In very fine condition.  8.25 x 7.5 inches (21 x 19 cm.). Read More...

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17. Foch, Dirk. (1886–1973).
Autograph Signature

Autograph signature from the Dutch composer and conductor and protegée of Richard Strauss, who has inscribed (translated from the German) "Bravissimo!! / The most beautiful choir I have ever heard.  Gorgeous! / Dirk Foch / Badgastein 1924" in pencil to an autograph album leaf.  Light toning to lower corners, else in fine condition.  5.25 x 6.25 inches (13.3 x 15.9 cm.). Read More...

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18. Gershwin, Ira. (1896–1983).
"Oh Me, Oh My!" - Signed Copy of Ira's first lyrics

New York: T. B. Harms & Francis, Day & Hunter. 1921. Signed and inscribed sheet music cover from the 1921 musical comedy "Two Little Girls in Blue," the very first show for which perhaps the greatest lyricist of all time provided the lyrics. At the time, Ira Gershwin used the pseudonym "Arthur Francis", because he did not want to trade on the fame of his younger brother George, who was already well-known as a composer. "Arthur" and "Francis" were the names of George and Ira's two younger siblings. The present sheet music is inscribed in ink "For Robert McCall Hall / With best wishes" and is signed "Ira Gershwin, a.k.a. Arthur Francis / Beverly Hills, Sept., 1973." Probable first edition, listing 6 vocal selections on the cover.  Unexamined out of frame, possibly the cover only and not including the printed music, matted and framed, measuring 16 x 13 inches overall.  In very fine condition.

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ALS from the French violinist and Romantic-era composer to French composer, musicologist and traveller Oscar Comettant (1819-1898) ("Cher maitre et ami"), concerning the admission of a young composer to La Société des Concerts Modernes.  October 5, 1884;  3 pp.  Translated from the French in part, "I have the pleasure of telling you that the young composer you recommended to me has been admitted, by the committee, to be a member of la Société des Concerts Modernes. / I do not believe I have forgotten, madame, your beautiful daughter, and I hope to be able, soon, to offer her the promised dedication."  Godard goes on to mention upcoming concert dates.  The letter has been adhered back together along the central fold line, and on the second page horizontal fold line.  Some toning, else fine.  8.25 x 10.75 inches (21 x 27.3 cm.). Read More...

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20. Hennenberg, Fritz. (b. 1932) [Henze, Hans Werner. (1926–2012)].
"It would please me immensely if you could find a place for my lecture 'Brecht and Music' in your program at the ACI." - Typed Letter Signed

TLS from the German musicologist and dramaturg to Professor Irma Antonetto of the Associazione Culturale Italiana, submitting himself for consideration as a guest speaker.  Leipzig, 4 September 1974;  1 pp.  Hennenberg writes, in part, "Please allow me to introduce myself to you on the recommendation of Professor Hans Werner Henze, who, as he told me, has also written directly to you to recommend me."  Together with a typed biography to be included in programs and promotional materials.  Expected mailing folds, else fine.  8.25 x 11.75 inches (21 x 29.8 cm.). Read More...

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