Holiday 2016 Catalogue


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1. Bartok, Bela. (1881-1945).
Signed 1913 Art Nouveau Page

An attractive Art Nouveau-designed page with the date 1913, signed at the foot by the great Hungarian composer and pianist. A central image of two swans is surrounded by floral designs; the date, circular border and decorative motifs below are printed in gold. Bartok has inscribed at the head to "Bartók Ilonának" and signed in green ink at the bottom "Béla Bartok." Folding creases with some small losses and tears at the edges; overall in very good condition. 5 x 7.5 inches (12.5 x 18.9 cm). Read More...

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Rare 1911 poster lithograph, heightened with gold, announcing a number of concerts. Measures 48.5 x 16 cms. Foxing down the margins, a few creases and small areas of chipping around the edges, mounted to rigid backing, overall a very good example of this scarce poster.  Read More...

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3. Beethoven, Ludwig Van. (1770-1827).
Grosse Sonate für das Hammer-Klavier...Op:106 ["Hammerklavier Sonata"]

Vienna: Artaria und Comp.. [1832/33]. 59 pages, 4to (c.31.5 x 24.8cm). Engraved throughout, [PN] 2588. Priced at "3 f. 12 x C.M." and including the "Catalogue des Oeuvres." Printed from the plates of the first edition. Scattered foxing throughout, toned around the edges, else fine. Hoboken 437. Kinsky p. 295 [3]. Contained in a custom cloth box. Read More...

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4. Brahms, Johannes. (1833-1897) .
Autograph Letter

Autograph letter, signed “JB,” three pages on two adjoining sheets, to his publisher Fritz Simrock, in Berlin. 4.25 x 5.5, January 4, 1896. In part (translated from German): “Let’s leave it as it is: me in the hotel, the pretty ladies ("hübschen Weibchen") at your place. I will also profit by it: when they are comfortably settled, they will receive me that much more kindly; but can they do that from an uncomfortable hotel, what good will eel, snails and the good Mosel [wine] be to me!? On Tuesday I am not coming, by the way, and our hotel is not the Ascanisher Hof. So don’t go to needless trouble. In any case, looking forward, if not to the most enjoyable days this time, then to cozy and hopefully merry hours at Zeich’s.” Double-matted and framed with a portrait of the composer to an overall size of 20.5 x 12.5, with a window on the reverse for viewing of the first page. In fine condition. Published in 1919 in the Brahms Briefwechsel, vol. 12, p. 188, no. 903 Read More...

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5. Brahms, Johannes. (1833-1897).
Three Original Photographs by Maria Fellinger

Three original photographs of the great composer, photographed ca. 1893-6 by his friend Maria Fellinger and all on her own gold-embossed mounts. Brahms is shown looking out of a window (this photograph is dated in several sources as Easter Monday, March 26, 1894); leaning on one arm over the back of his chair, facing the camera and holding a cigar between his fingers; and sitting outside next to an empty garden chair, also holding a cigar. Light toning; a few very light surface marks; adhesive mounting remnants on the versos of all three photographs, but not affecting the recto. Overall in fine condition. Photograph of Brahms looking out of the window: 3.75 x 5.25 inches (9.5 x 13.2 cm); other two photographs each 4 x 5.25 inches (10.3 x 13.3 cm). Read More...

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6. Brahms, Johannes. (1833-1897).
Gravure Photograph

Gravure photograph of the great composer by Maria Fellinger, published by V. A. Heck of Vienna. In one of the several fine photographs Fellinger made of Brahms between 1893 and 1896, he is shown outside, leaning sideways over the back of his chair and holding one of his signature cigars, facing the camera. Overall toning with a heavier area of toning to the upper margin; plate marks. Sheet size 6.5 x 10 inches (16.8 x 25 cm), matted to 9.5 x 12.5 inches (24.5 x 32 cm). Read More...

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Photograph of the pianist Henriette Hemala with Johannes Brahms at the entrance gate of Villa Miller-Aichholz, ca. 1890's. Brahms is shown squeezing Hemala warmly around the shoulders, while she smiles delightedly. A later printing by photographer Paul Frankenstein of Vienna, with the photographer's stamp on the verso. 6 x 8.5 inches (15 x 21.7 cm), tipped to a mount of 9 x 12 inches (22.8 x 30.6 cm). Read More...

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8. Bruch, Max. (1838-1920) [Sinigaglia, Leone. (1868-1944)].
Signed Photograph with Autograph Musical Quotation of the VIOLIN CONCERTO NO.1

Original cabinet photograph of the important German composer, inscribed on the verso to the Italian composer Leone Sinigaglia with an autograph musical quotation from Bruch's Violin Concerto no. 1. Bruch is shown in an elaborate smoking jacket and cap, photographed by E. Bieber of Berlin and Hamburg, the photograph embossed with the date of 1900 at the lower right. On the verso, he has inscribed to Leone Sinigaglia and dated Berlin, March 28, 1901, with a musical quotation of three measures from the second movement of his Violin Concerto no. 1, op. 26. Light toning, a few scratches to the verso and one area of light soiling to the recto; overall in fine condition, with the photograph itself very fine. Cabinet card 4.25 x 6.5 inches (10.7 x 16.4 cm), matted on both sides to 6.75 x 9.5 inches (17 x 24 cm). Autograph musical quotations of Bruch's most celebrated and performed work are very rare.  Read More...

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9. Chopin, Frédéric. (1810-1849).
Signed 1840 Agreement with the Publisher Troupenas

A very rare signed document from the Polish composer and pianist, confirming receipt of an advance of 1000 francs on delivered manuscripts to the Parisian publisher Eugène-Théodore Troupenas. 1 page. Paris, March 14, 1840. 10.3 x 20,5 cm. The document prepared by a representative of the publishing company, signed by the composer in full "Fréderic Chopin." The verso of the present receipt is printed "Dépôt Central de la Librairie et de la Musique, Rue des Filles St. Thomas № 5/Place de la Bourse" and "Paris, le 183/M." Some modest toning and wear along the left edge, overall very fine. A great rarity. Read More...

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10. Duke, Vernon. (1903 - 1969).
Passport to Paris - SIGNED

Boston : Little, Brown & Co.. 1955. First. Hardcover first edition of the composer's autobiography, fine in a very good dust jacket, signed and inscribed on the first free end page in ballpoint, “This impudent batch is for the scratches. Sincerely, Vernon Duke, May 1955.” In overall fine condition. An unusual inscription from the versatile Russian-born American composer of "April in Paris," "Autumn in New York" and many others.

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11. Elgar, Edward. (1857 - 1934).
Autograph Letter

1p, 8vo, Personal letterhead, 13 December, 1929. To Mr. Macdermott, about not being able to avail himself of the kind offer for tickets to a performance and wishing him success. Fine.

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12. Gershwin, George. (1898 - 1937) & Brown, Anne. (1912 - 2009).
Autograph Signatures from 1936 Porgy & Bess Production

Bold autograph signature in pencil "George Gershwin" on an album sheet, dated 1936 at the left in another hand, together with a second signature from the same album and apparently same occasion, being that of Anne Brown (signed "Anne Brown / 'Bess' / 'Porgy and Bess'"), creator of the role of Bess.   Read More...

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13. Gershwin, George. (1898 - 1937).
Original Drawing and Autograph Signature

Original drawing by the composer, accomplished in pencil and mounted with an autograph signature clipped from a check. Gershwin has identified the portrait as "Irving Hockstader." Read More...

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14. Grieg, Edvard. (1843-1907) [Röntgen, Julius. (1855 - 1932)].
Slåtter (Norwegian Peasant Dances), op. 72 - SIGNED AND INSCRIBED TO JULIUS RONTGEN

Leipzig: C. F. Peters. [1903]. Important copy of the beloved Norwegian composer's Slåtter (Norwegian Peasant Dances) for piano, op. 72, signed and inscribed by Grieg on the title page to the German-Dutch composer and pianist Julius Röntgen. He has penned in Danish: "Til min kjaere Julius Röntgen med Tak for alle "Stråler" og til Erindring om Frue Haagen fra din Edvard Grieg" ("To my dear Julius Röntgen with thanks for the "rays" and in remembrance of Troldhaugen, yours, Edvard Grieg") and dated July 27, 1905. The word "rays" refers to Röntgen's personal "magnetism" or charm, with a humorous reference to X-rays, the discovery of Röntgen's more famous relative, Wilhelm Konrad Röntgen. Troldhaugen, in Bergen, was Edvard Grieg's home and is now home to the Grieg Museum. Light performance markings in pencil throughout, likely in Röntgen's hand, as well as various notes in pencil on the wrappers. 53 pp. [PN] 8918. Original wrappers unfortunately detached, with tears and heavy wear; disbound, pages grouped in intact signatures; some toning, but internally in fine condition and overall good. Read More...

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15. Hahn, Reynaldo. (1874-1947).
Autograph Note

A brief autograph note from the Venezuelan-French composer, conductor, critic and singer known for his mélodies, inscribed on a small card. N.p., n.d. Translated from the French: "Thank you for your note, dear Monsieur, and for your spiritual piece, which I enjoyed very much. Cordially, Reynaldo Hahn." Light toning and a small smudge; overall in fine condition. 3.75 x 2.25 inches (9.8 x 5.8 cm). Read More...

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16. Hatton, John Liptrot. (1809-1886).
"Where Is the Whiskey?" - Autograph Musical Quotation

Autograph musical quotation from the English composer, pianist and performer of popular song. Four measures of music for voice and piano, marked "Andante (pathetically)" and with the text "O crone! Where is the whiskey? The beautiful real old Bushmill whiskey." Signed and dated February 18, 1865. Uncommon.  Read More...


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17. Hindemith, Paul. (1895-1963).
"Ask Piatigorsky, or Schuster or Graudan" - Autograph Postcard

An autograph postcard from the important German composer to cellist Rudolf Döblin, apologizing that he cannot help find a piece of sheet music, apparently for one of his own Cello Sonatas, which he humorously refers to as "that questionable sonata" and refers Döblin to three of the greatest cellists of the era (Gregor Piatigorsky, Joseph Schuster, and Nikolai Graudan.) Postmarked Great Barrington, MA, September 23, 1943. Hindemith writes: "Dear Döblins, thanks for your letter! The only advice concerning that questionable sonata I can give, is that you might ask Piatigorsky, or Schuster, or Graudan, or... or... It is not to be found in the composer's shelves. Herzlichst yours, Paul Hindemith." Light toning, but overall in very fine condition. 5.5 x 3.5 inches (13.8 x 8.8 cm). Read More...

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18. Janacek, Leos. (1854 - 1928).
Autograph Signed Note

Autograph note from the Czech composer, musical theorist, folklorist, publicist, and teacher considered one of the most important opera composers of the first half of the 20th century. Ink signature and inscription in Czech on an off-white 5.5 x 3.5 postcard, untranslated, stamped and addressed on the verso. In fine condition.

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19. Kern, Jerome. (1885-1945) & Harbach, Otto. (1873–1963) .
Signed Copyright Agreement for " The Cat and the Fiddle"

DS, 2 pages, 8.5 x 13.5 inches, December 22, 1931. The Assignment of Canadian Copyright, signed by songwriting partners Jerome Kern and Otto Harbach by which they convey a certain title, song, words, music and musical work entitled 'She Didn't Say Yes' (From - Cat and the Fiddle)' and the exclusive right to have and obtain copyright therein in its own name in Canada, and all of the Canadian copyright therein..." Signed at the conclusion in fountain pen, “Jerome Kern” and “Otto Harbach,” and countersigned by witness Rose Kohner and the Notary Public. In fine condition. Read More...

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20. Kern, Jerome. (1885-1945) .
Signed Copyright Renewal for some of his earliest songs

DS, one page, 8.5 x 11, August 10, 1931. An assignment of United States copyright for the songs "He'll Be There," "The Downcast Eye", and "Susan" from the 1904 shows 'English Daisy' and 'Mr. Wix of Wickham.'  In part: “In consideration of the sum of One Dollar and other valuable considerations, to me in hand paid....I, Mr. Jerome Kern…does hereby sell, assign, transfer and set over unto T. B. Harms Company the renewal copyrights of following compositions..." Signed by Kern at the conclusion. The document is affixed to its original 8.5 x 12.5 “Assignment of Copyright” blue paper jacket; stapled to the left side of the page is an 8 x 4 card entitled “Copyright Office of the United States of America The Library of Congress” acknowledging assignment of the copyright, with the its bright red seal and blue ribbons attached. In fine condition. Read More...

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