Winter 2023 Catalogue


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41. [Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix. (1809–1847)].
Collection of 4 Autograph Letters from the Mendelssohn Family to Edward Speyer

An intriguing collection of 4 autograph letters signed from the composer's daughter, son-in-law, and grandson, all in German, and addressed to Edward Speyer. As follows: Read More...

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42. [Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix. (1809–1847)] Schumann, Robert. (1810–1856).
"Thematisches Verzeichniss im Druck erschienener Compositionen von Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy" - THE COPY OF ROBERT SCHUMANN

Leipzig: Breitkopf & Härtel. [1853]. First edition, second printing. . 8vo. Title (vb); 1-61 pp [compositions with Opus number 1-100]; 63-64 pp [half-title]; 65 - 69 pp ["Compositionen ohne Angabe einer Opuszahl"]; 70p. ["Büsten, Medaillen, Portrais und sonstige Abbildungen"]; 71-73 pp. ["Systematisch geornetes Verzeichnis"]; 73 - 81 pp. [Verzeichniss...Gesangwerken gehörigen Texte..."]; 81-83 pp ["Lieder und Gesänge"]; 84 p. ["Dedicationen"]. Cover and title lithographed, otherwise engraved throughout. [PN] 6925. Title signed "R. Schumann" in ink to the lower right corner. Covers somewhat toned, lower right cover corner torn and lower right corners well thumbed through page 35. A few unopened leaves towards the end, scattered foxing throughout, else fine.  Read More...

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43. Messiaen, Olivier. (1908–1992) & Amy, Gilbert. (b. 1936).
Signed 1968 Concert Program Page

One leaf, clipped from the program of a concert that the English Bach Festival Trust organized in honor of Messiaen's sixtieth birthday. The recto page contains the works performed and does not look like a clipping at all, but the cropped text on the verso page identifies it as such; the remaining text is the beginning of the programmatic/theological content of Messiaen's Visions d'Amen. Signed "Olivier Messiaen London 25-2-1968"; another signature, further down, must be Gilbert Amy's, whose Cycle was performed in the same concert. Amy was a student of Messiaen and of pianist Yvonne Loriod (1924-1010), Messiaen's second wife, who also participated in the concert. In fine condition. 5.2 x 7.7 inches; 13 x 19.5 cm.

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44. Meyerbeer, Giacomo. (1791-1864).
Autograph Letter Signed to Narcisse Girard, recommending Julius Schulhoff

ALS of the German composer, then active in Paris and famous for his French operas. In French. Dated "Thursday night." 1 p. Bifolium. "Allow me to call Mr. Jules Schulhoff to your attention, one of the greatest pianists of our time, who has been in Paris for some time and has given a concert last week with an immense success. He mostly plays the music of the classics with rare perfection. It would be his greatest wish to perform a piece by Beethoven at one of the concerts of the Société des Concerts, and if in the program of the concert on Sunday there were still an opening, he would be happy to fill in." Read More...

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45. [Meyerbeer, Giacomo. (1791-1864)] Viardot, Pauline. (1821-1910).
"I have to sing two pieces from Le prophète" - Autograph Letter Signed to Narcisse Girard

ALS of the French singer, composer and teacher.  [Paris?,] Wednesday, Mai 4 [no year, but either 1853 or 1859]. 1 p. Bifolium with blind stamped initials "P.V." Translated from the French, in full:  "My friend, Madame Rose Chéri, gives the performance for her profit next Saturday. I have to sing two pieces from Le prophète there, and I would like to ask you to permit Mr. Victor Chéri and three of his colleagues who complete the quartet just as fill-ins to come to strengthen and conduct the little orchestra of the [Théâtre du] Gymnase." 7.25 x 4.75 inches (19 x 12 cm). Read More...

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46. [Music Iconography] Amberg, Wilhelm. (1822-1899).
Trost in Tönen (Consolation in Music) CDV

Carte-de-visite photographic reproduction of the German painter Amberg's work, as issued by Gustav Schauer (1826-1902) of Berlin. Title printed in German, French, English and Russian to verso. Upright format, 4 x 2.5 inches (10.5 x 6.2 cm).In good condition. Amberg was a popular genre painter, and reproductions of his paintings are widespread.

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47. Onslow, George. (1784–1853).
Autograph Letter Signed to Narcisse Girard

ALS of the French composer, best known for his chamber music. Clermont [-Ferrand] (Puy de Dôme), August 25, 1837. 3 pp. Bifolium; address and postmarks to final page. "I have recently received the information from Mr. Cerfberr that Chollet's health has been restored completely and he would occupy himself with my work. I have asked the directors to allow me to be present at the final rehearsals, but as a certain number is indispensable so that the piece goes in an acceptable way, I would be very much obliged to you, Sir, to let me know after the second if Chollet's voice is back indeed and at what time you believe is necessary that I go to Paris so that I will be present at the last two rehearsals. I have important business here that I cannot and will not run away from unnecessarily and I suspect in this circumstance a complacency to which you have acquainted me. Therefore, dear Sir, would you please keep me posted of what is going on with respect to me and to write me only after two rehearsals. I am ready to set out under the one condition that I will not squander precious time in Paris." 8 x 5.25 inches (20 x 13 cm). Read More...

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48. Onslow, George. (1784–1853).
Duo à Quatre Mains Pour le Piano-Forte. [Sonata no. 1 in E minor, for piano, 4 hands, Op. 7] Manuscript (Fragment)

Unbound upright folio. In unknown hand. One bifolium of music paper by Lard-Esnault, Paris, with 16 staves per page. The extant bifolium was the outer bifolium of the first of probably two signatures, otherwise lost. Fol. 1r: title, with dedication to Camille Pleyel; composer's first name misspelled "Georges"; fol. 1v: Secondo part, beginning; fol. 2r: Primo part, section of the second movement; fol. 2v: Secondo part, end of second movement and beginning of finale. Pagination in pencil, probably later. 13.5 x 10.5 inches (34.5 x 26 cm). Horizontal fold in the middle, partly detached; outer edge frayed. Read More...

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49. Penderecki, Krzysztof. (1933–2020).
Signed Photograph

Signed color photograph of the prolific and influential Polish composer by Schaffer, Salzburg. Signed in red ink, with autograph date, "Essen[?], 29 II [=February 29] [19]96." 6 x 4 inches (15 x 10 cm). In fine condition. 



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50. Pixis, Johann Peter. (1788 - 1874).
Autograph Letter Signed - "We have arrived in the beautiful country of Italy!"

ALS of the notable German pianist-composer, then based in Paris to Carlo Severini, stage director of the Parisian Thêatre Italian, in Bologna. In French. Turin, June 10, [18]37. 2 pp. Bifolium (address on p. 4). In full: "We have arrived in the beautiful country of Italy! The poor weather that ruled for a long time, combined with some important business, delayed our trip by a month. We expect to stay here for two days to listen to some operas, and then we will move on to Milan. If you, by chance, find an opportunity to engage Mlle. Francilla for Lurques [?] or Pisa in the course of the summer, we would appreciate that very much. The season of the other [Italian] states, such as Reggio [Emilia] and Padua are already over or will close soon, it is not worth the effort. – In any case, I have the courage to hope for a response due to your kindness, and I will immediately go to the post office when I arrive in Milan. Francilla and I ask you to accept our most distinguished feelings, and to remember us to Monsieur Rossini that we are looking forward to a reunion in the near future and with you as well. Your devoted servant J. P. Pixis." Francilla Pixis, born Franziska Helma Göhringer (1816-1888), Pixis's foster daughter, was then a rising star among opera singers (mezzo soprano); she also studied with Henriette Sontag and Fernando Paër. Small hole to first leaf; piece of outer edge of of integral address leaf cut off, overall fine. 7.75 x 4.75 inches (19.7 x 12 cm).

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51. Poulenc, Francis. (1899–1963) [Rosenthal, Manuel. (1904–2003)].
Autograph letter signed to Manuel Rosenthal about "Stabat Mater"

ALS of the French composer from the group "Les Six" to Manuel Rosenthal, one of the most influential and respected French conductors of the 20th century. In French. Monaco, April 8 [no year; 1957?]. 2 pp. On letterhead paper of Hotel de Paris, Monte Carlo. Poulenc thanks Rosenthal enthusiastically for a performance of his Stabat mater, translated from the French in part: "What an honor you have bestowed on me by your incomparable execution of the Stabat, which I have listed to very well in Antibes. This was more than perfect, so precise and so moving at the same time. I thank you from the depth of my heart for this deep joy. / I hope you will have other opportunities to conduct this work again that means so much to me." 8.5 x 5.5 inches (21.5 x 14 cm). In fine condition. Read More...

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An intriguing collection of letters from the German Jewish pianist and composer, who lived in Paris from 1837 to 1870. Read More...

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An important collection of 21 letters addressed to the third and final student of Ravel, Maurice Rosenthal, composer and one of the most influential and respected French conductors of the 20th century.  All in French, details and translations as follows: Read More...

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54. Rubinstein, Anton. (1829–1894).
Signed Carte de Visite Photograph

Original CDV photograph by J. Löwy of Vienna of the influential Russian pianist, conductor and composer, signed and inscribed in German to verso: "To my charming fellow sufferer in Holland, Miss Henriette Garte-narie Ant. Rubinstein / Utrecht, February 19, 1868.  CDV with printed date "1868," light horizontal crease, else fine.  4 x 2.25 inches (10.5 x 6 cm).  Read More...

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55. Schindler, Anton Felix. (1795–1864) [Beethoven, Ludwig van. (1770–1827)] .
[6] Lieder und Gesänge für eine Singstimme mit Begleitung des Pianoforte – INSCRIBED

Bonn: F.J. Mompour. [1839]. First edition.

Lieder und Gesänge [...] für eine Singstimme mit Begleitung des Pianoforte: 3=tes Liederheft / in Musik gesetzt und dem Fräulein Angelica Lueder hochachtungsvoll gewidmet von A. Schindler. [PN] 246. Engraved; title lithographed.  Oblong folio, 13.5 x 10.75 inches (34 x 27 cm). 21 pp. Autograph inscription to title: "À Madame et Mademoiselle de Montigny à Paris par A. Schindler." No date.Original dark blue wrappers; upper wrapper duplicates title page, with text in gilt.  Read More...


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56. Schoenberg, Arnold. (1874-1951) & Steuermann, Eduard. (1892-1964).
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra op. 42 - ANNOTATED PRE-PUBLICATION PROOF

Vintage dyeline facsimile of the 2-piano score, which was arranged by Eduard Steuermann, the leading pianist of the Schoenberg school. Printed on one side per page; pages glued together by the blank versos to allow for turning of pages. Unpaginated, 99 pages of music. 14 x 11 inches (36 x 28 cm). From the library of Fritz Jahoda (1909-2008), with his pencil signature to head of first page and markings throughout, either in his hand or that of Eduard Steuermann. Paper brittle. Edges of some pages frayed. First page stained to foot; final leaf of smaller format and heavily torn but without loss. Tape repairs to first and final pages.  Read More...

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ALS from one of the most influential pianists of the 19th century to a woman identified only as "Sophie," likely her close friend Sophie Kaskel, Countess von Baudissin. In German. Berlin, December 8, 1878. 4 pp. Bifolium. The letter, written in Schumann's characteristically inscrutable handwriting, expresses her frustration about a delayed shipment of furniture:  "I am still sitting without a table or chairs... If he indeed shipped them in early October as promised, he has to file a complaint with the railroad company... I do not understand why the dealer hasn't delivered them on time." Schumann hopes for a meeting with the recipient around February 23, [1879]. 4.25 x 5.25 inches (10.8 x 13.3 cm). Read More...

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58. [Schumann, Robert. (1810–1856] Schumann, Clara. (1819–1896).
"Gesammelte Schriften über Musik und Musiker" - INSCRIBED BY CLARA TO THEIR DAUGHTER ELISE

Leipzig: Georg Wigand. 1854. First. Hardcover 8vo.  4 volumes in 2: [1-2]: XXII; 328 pp; [Title]; 286 p; [3-4]: Title; 293 pp; Title; 304 pp.  Each volume signed "Elise Schumann" to the front endsheet and the first volume inscribed on the following ffe "Meiner theuren Elise zur Erinnerung an den 10. September 1863 / Clara" [To my dear Elise in memory of September 10, 1863 / Clara."  Dark brown boards, half leather with 4 raised bands, nicely rebacked with original spines adhered and fresh inner hinges. Occasional light foxing, small stain to the inscription page, overall fine. An important copy. Read More...

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59. Sondheim, Stephen. (1930–2021) .
Archive of Personal Letters

An important archive of 41 letters, notes and cards written by the great composer/lyricist to the writer Robin Swados, spanning a period of 38 years from 1977 to 2015. The correspondence began when the aspiring young writer wrote a long letter in August, 1977 to Sondheim beginning "I don't know why I've waited a number of years to write this letter - perhaps because I've always been in awe of your musicianship. This is to simply let you know the very great, unending pleasure I get from your songs. At the ripe old age of 24, I think I can safely say that your music has had a more profound influence on me than any other I've heard up to this point."  In response, less than one week later, Sondheim replied "Thank you so much for your articulate and complimentary letter - you did my ego no end of good" and invited Swados to meet and talk after Labor Day. They did in fact connect in person for the first time that September and over the following nearly 4 decades, corresponded at interval.  The present archive is extraordinary and most unusual in that it includes not only the letters from Sondheim, but also retained copies of nearly all the letters from Swados, providing invaluable context and texture to even the shorter notes from Sondheim. An early letter of November 28, 1977 opens by noting that "as per my phone call to you last week, I'm enclosing your book of songs...thank you a lot for inscribing it to me." The spiral-bound book "The Hansen Treasury of Stephen Sondheim Songs" (Charles Hansen, 1962) with detached front cover, is included in the archive, inscribed as promised on the Table of Contents "To Robin Swados and his white piano, on which these songs sound appreciably better - Steve Sondheim  12/1/77." Read More...

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60. [Songs of the American Civil War] [Copperheads].
Handwritten Civil War Union Soldiers Hymn (Parody) and Shape-Note Manuscript

Intriguing musical manuscript penned on July 4, 1863, a date many consider to be the turning point of the American Civil War. Luzerne Township, Fayette County [Pennsylvania]. One leaf, apparently disbound. Various hands. Read More...

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