Winter 2017 Catalogue


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1. Adler, Guido. (1855-1941) .
"Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven" - SIGNED COPY TO FRAU SCHALK

Regensburg: Gustav Bosse. 1926. Signed edition of the Bohemian-Austrian musicologist's essay on three great composers, a special edition excerpted from the Almanach der Deutschen Musikbücherei auf das Jahr 1926. Adler has signed and inscribed the booklet to a Frau Schalk on the verso of the title page. 12 pp. Some wear to the cover, ink bleeding from the signature, and a small tear above the lower binding staple; overall in very good condition. 5.25 x 7.5 inches (13.2 x 19.2 cm). Read More...

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2. Albéniz, Isaac Manuel Francisco. (1860 - 1909) [Salzedo, Carlos. (1885-1961)].
Iberia - INSCRIBED PRESENTATION COPY TO CARLOS SALZEDO

Paris / Madrid: Edition mutuelle / Unión Musical Española. [1906 - 1914]. 1er Cahier; 2e Cahier; 3e Cahier; 4e Cahier (complete). Upright folio. 33; 39; 46; 43 pp. [PN] 3083; 3084; 3085; 3086. Cahier 2 - 4 with the light or partially erased ownership signature of Carlos Salzedo on the title pages. Cahier 4 with a taped in program photograph of the composer to the title, inscribed at the head of the first page of music in ink "A Carlos Salzedo su aftectisimo....amigo y admirador / I. Albeniz / Bagnoles de L'Orne - 12 Julio 1907.  This volume also with scattered markings in pencil in the hand of Salzedo, cloth support to spine, and small restorations to wrapper edges. Other volumes variously toned, with small tears or abrasions to wrappers, the entire set overall in fine condition.  Contained in a custom red cloth box. Read More...

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3. Alkan, Charles-Valentin. (1813-1888) [Zimmermann, Joseph. (1785-1853)].
Rondeau Chromatique - SIGNED TITLE PAGE TO ZIMMERMANN

London: R. Cocks & Co.. [Ca. 1834]. Rondeau Chromatique pour le Piano Forte, composé et dédié a la Société des Enfans d'Apollon, et executé à leur Concert Annuel; par Ch. V. Alkan, professeur honoraire de l'Ecole Royale de Paris, et membre de la Société des Enfans d'Apollon. Original title page (single sheet, no music included) from the important French-Jewish pianist and composer's Rondeau Chromatique, signed and inscribed by Alkan to his teacher Joseph Zimmermann. The composer has penned at the upper right corner: "Hommage à Monsieur Zimmermann par son dévoué élève et ami C. V. Alkan." Overall foxing and toning, with a band of lighter toning at the foot from a previous framing; slight tape remnants on the verso; inscription rather faded but legible, with one small tear at the upper edge; overall in very good condition. WorldCat records only one copy of this edition, at the BnF. 10 x 13 inches (25.5 x 33.3 cm). Autographs of the composer are elusive. Read More...

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4. Babbitt, Milton. (1916 - 2011).
Autograph Musical Quotation, "String Quartet No. 2."

Detailed AMQS from the composer's second String Quartet, accomplished and signed in black ink on a large sheet of music manuscript paper. 21 x 30 cm. In fine condition. Read More...

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5. Barber, Samuel. (1910-1981).
"Capricorn Concerto" - SIGNED LP

Original LP of the important American composer's Capricorn Concerto, signed and inscribed by Barber on the sleeve with Christmas and New Year's wishes. He has penned: "Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to Jeannie. Samuel Barber." The recording, with prominent wind players Julius Baker, Mitch Miller and Harry Freistadt and the Saidenberg Little Symphony, was released on the Concert Hall label in 1951.  Staining and tape remnants around the edges, ownership signature and larger light stain on the verso. Record in apparently good condition, but untested.

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6. Bartók, Béla. (1881-1945) .
Signed Letter about Hungary in WWII and The Commission of the Arts and Sciences of Independent Hungary

2-page TLS, signed "Bartok Bela." October 27, 1942. In Hungarian, an important letter addressed to the Hungarian-born composer and publisher, Albert Szirmay, who had emigrated to New York in 1923 and took a post as music director for Chappell Music, becoming editor for such Broadway luminaries as Jerome Kern, Cole Porter, and George Gershwin. The letter concerns Hungary's role in WWII and Bartok's involvement as Chair of the Committee of Hungarian Scientists and Artists. Mentioning "the fateful fight carried out against the dictator" and lamenting that "the Hungarian government has declared war on the Axis side of the democracies," he knows that "President Roosevelt...you are on our side" and states that "in this situation...the representatives of Hungarian culture, who in America our principled beliefs are free to declare," must speak for the "the millions of Hungarians who are struggling." He goes on to invite Szirmay to join the newly formed Committee and a retained copy of Szirmay's letter of acceptance is included together with the original letter from Bartok. 8.5 x 11 inches, minor toning and a small tear along one of the original folds, else fine. Read More...

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7. Bax, Arnold. (1883-1953).
Autograph Signature

Clipped autograph signature from the English composer, poet, and author, dated July 1939. Light foxing and mounting remnants on verso; overall in fine condition. 3 x 1.5 inches (7.8 x 4.4 cm).

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8. Beethoven, Ludwig van. (1770-1827).
Grande Sonate pour Pianoforte et Violoncelle (op. 69), bound with: Deux sonates pour le pianoforte et violoncelle (op. 102)

Grande Sonate pour Pianoforte et Violoncelle composée et dédiée à Monsieur le Baron de Gleichenstein par Louis van Beethoven (Leipzic: Chez Breitkopf & Härtel, [1809]), [PN] 1328. 27 pp. First edition, later issue. Bound together with: Deux sonates pour le pianoforte et violoncelle composées par L. van Beethoven (Bonn et Cologne: Chez N. Simrock, [1817]), [PN] 1337, 1338. 19, 23 pp. First edition. Lithographed title pages, with music engraved throughout. Oblong quarto, sewn, with cardboard covers. Overall foxing and toning and some edge wear; partial split to the binding; overall in very good condition. 13 x 10 inches (33 x 25 cm). Read More...


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9. Berio, Luciano. (1925-2003).
Allelujah II - BERIO'S PROOF COPY WITH HIS MARKINGS

The important twentieth-century composer's own engraved pre-publication proof copy of his 1958 work Allelujah II for five instrumental groups, with his own extensive corrections, annotations, and performance notes throughout. The copy has been initialed by Berio on the cover, and is heavily marked up in pencil, colored pencil, and pen on all 76 pages, evidently including pre-publication revisions for both the editor/publisher and markings for performance use. The markings include: two measures completely rewritten (p. 43), note corrections (p. 64), added clefs and staff names (p. 76), all neatly executed in black pen; added time signatures, accidentals, and dynamics, corrected metronome markings, and correction of the page layout (parts of staves crossed out, and lines showing the continuity of the staves) in pencil; and many performance markings such as conducting symbols, brackets, and numbers, eyeglasses, and tempo indications circled, in red and blue pencil. The page numbers have been changed in pencil at the foot of each page from p. 8 onwards. On the inside back cover, Berio has listed the instruments and the groups to which they belong in pencil. The proofs are printed by Edizioni Suvini Zerboni, on heavy paper with plate marks, with the plate number S. 5507 Z. Dated on the last page: Milan, 1956-1958. Hardcover, gray boards, half blue cloth. Resewn and rebacked, new flyleaf bound in. In fine condition.  Read More...

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10. Berlin, Irving. (1888-1989).
Typed Letter Signed to Gordon Allison

TLS from the American composer and lyricist, widely considered one of the greatest songwriters in American history, to the theatre critic and editor Gordon Allison, thanking him for an excellent interview. Dated May 17, 1948, and addressed to Allison at the New York Tribune, the letter reads: "That was a wonderful interview and this note is to tell you how pleased I am with it. Incidentally, several people have told me that it was one of the best I have ever had. I agree." The article mentioned was titled "Irving Berlin's Forty Years of Songwriting" and appeared on May 16. Folding creases; overall in very fine condition. 7.25 x 10.5 inches (18.4 x 26.7 cm). Read More...

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An extraordinary series of autograph Letters to the French Impresarios André Charlot and Jean Charlot, organizers of the 1,000th performance of Carmen at the Opéra-Comique on December 23, 1904. The Charlots solicited acknowledgements of the opera's importance from leading composers and librettists prior to the performance, and the present collection includes responses to this solicitation from Alfred Bruneau, Gustave Charpentier, Vincent D'Indy, Théodore Dubois, Engelbert Humperdinck, Gabriel Pierné, Giacomo Puccini, Camille Saint-Saëns, and the opera's co-librettist, Ludovic Halévy. Most of the letters are dated November, 1904. Read More...

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12. Bossi, Marco Enrico. (1861-1925).
Violin Sonata no. 1 - AMQS with a Drawing of Organ Pipes

A lovely AMQS with a whimsical drawing of organ pipes from the important Italian composer, organist and pianist. On a postcard of the ruins of Pompeii, Bossi has penned the first three measures of the theme from his Violin Sonata no. 1 (1893), signed with a flourish over his sketch of the organ pipes, and dated at the lower right: Camerlata (Como), September 28, 1905. On the verso, the postcard is addressed to the Argentinian collector Ramona Imaz Otaño, with the original stamp and postmark. Slight smudges to the AMQS but overall in fine condition. 5.5 x 3.5 inches (13.7 x 8.8 cm). Read More...

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Original jumbo cabinet photograph, ca. 1900, of a Vienna scene as captured by the noted Austrian silhouette artist Otto Böhler. The image shows a busy scene at Vienna's Albrechtsplatz (now Albertinaplatz), with groups of Viennese opera-goers, celebrities and other passers-by strolling or chatting around the Mozart memorial. Among the figures is the recognizable portly form of Johannes Brahms, strolling alone at the center of the image, and a few steps behind, Johann Strauss. Down at the right corner, we spy Engelbert Humperdinck and Enrico Caruso. The Wiener Staatsoper was completed at Albrechtsplatz in 1866, and the Mozart memorial was installed there in 1896 (it now stands in the Burggarten.) Photographic reproduction as part of a series of "Dr. Otto Böhler's Schattenbilder" by R. Lechner of Vienna, and on the photographer's card. A few light surface scratches, slight dent to one corner, and some scratches on the verso; overall in fine condition. 9.75 x 7.25 inches (24.8 x 18.3 cm). Read More...

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14. Brahms, Johannes. (1833-1897).
Original Photograph as a Young Man

Original photograph of the great composer as a young man, reproduced shortly after his death with the caption "Brahms 1833-1897." Photographed by M. Frankenstein & Co. and issued by V. A. Heck, with the photographer's and publisher's names below the image. On a small card trimmed to slightly larger than carte-de-visite size. Light toning, but overall in fine condition. 2 5/8 x 4 1/4 inches (6.5 x 10.7 cm).

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15. Brahms, Johannes. (1833-1897) & Sinigaglia, Leone. (1868-1944).
Original Photograph of the Composer by Leone Sinigaglia

An original photograph of the great composer towards the end of his life, photographed by the Italian composer Leone Sinigaglia and dated Vienna, 1896. Brahms is shown in a vignette portrait wearing his distinctive bowler hat and monocle. Sinigaglia has signed and dated at the lower right of the card. A few surface scratches, one large corner chip, light toning, and mounting remnants on the verso; overall in very good condition. 3.75 x 5 inches (9.4 x 12.4 cm). Read More...

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Original 1967 LP of electronic music by groundbreaking composers John Cage, Luciano Berio, and Ilhan Mimaroglu, signed on the cover by Cage. The record features a realization of Cage's Fontana Mix for magnetic tape, Berio's Visage for magnetic tape, based on the voice of Cathy Berberian and other sounds, and Mimaroglu's Agony. The striking cover, with electronic designs in shocking pink on black, has been signed in silver by Cage. Cover in very good condition with a notation in ink on the verso, LP near mint. Read More...

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17. Cage, John. (1912-1992).
Signed Postcard of Music of Changes

Printed postcard of notation of Music of Changes III/1951, 9 x 14 cm, boldly signed "John Cage" in blue ink in the upper blank area and in fine condition. Read More...

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18. Carter, Elliot. (1908 - 2012).
Autograph Signature and Photograph

A bold signature in red ink from the important American composer. Sold together with a vintage 8 x 10 inch portrait photograph.

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19. Chopin, Frédéric. (1810-1849).
Signed French Copyright Agreement for the Publication of his Op. 60 Barcarolle, Op. 61 Polonaise-Fantaisie and Op. 62 Nocturnes

A very rare signed document from the Polish composer and pianist, recording the sale of the French copyright to the Parisian publisher Brandus & Cie for some of his most celebrated works: the Barcarolle in F major, op. 60, the Polonaise-Fantaisie in A-flat major, op. 61, and the two Nocturnes op. 62. Read More...

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20. Debussy, Claude. (1862-1918).
Autograph Letter, Listing Orchestration for "Le Martyre de saint Sébastien"

A short autograph letter from the important French composer, listing the instruments needed for a piece he will compose. Undated [1911?], possibly addressed to Gabriel Astruc (1864 - 1938), the influential French playwright, journalist, theatre director and impresario, who supervised many important Ballets Russes programs, including the premiere of "Le Sacre du Printemps" and "Le Martyre de saint Sébastien." Translated from the French: "Dear friend, I thought I had given Monsieur de Morsier [of the publishing house in Paris, la Societe Musicale G. Astruc & Cie] the information that you ask for, but here it is again: 4 flutes (2 big, 2 small), 2 oboes, 1 English horn, 3 clarinets, 1 bass clarinet, 3 bassoons, 1 contrabassoon, 6 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, 3 harps, 1 celeste (large model), 1 harmonium (offstage), percussion... and six months more to write the music. Yours, Claude Debussy." The instrumentation, with the addition of a string quartet, is that required for Debussy's music for Le Martyre de saint Sébastien (1911). On a black-bordered sheet of Debussy's Paris letterhead at 80 Avenue du Bois de Boulogne (where he lived from 1904 until 1918). 5.25 x 3.5 inches. In fine condition. Read More...

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