Winter & Holiday 2017 Catalogue


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1. Armstrong, Harry. (1879–1951).
"Sweet Adeline" - Autograph Musical Quotation on a Souvenir Brochure

Autograph musical quotation of the beloved barbershop standard "Sweet Adeline," penned by its composer Harry Armstrong on the cover of a souvenir brochure containing "Pathos—Laughs—Facts" about the song and its publication. To the left of his portrait on the cover, Armstrong has penned two measures of the famous song with an inscription, and dated February 6, 1950. The inside pages of the brochure feature explain the history of the song and its most famous performances and recordings; Armstrong has updated the list with a 1950 appearance. The final page shows a facsimile of the Library of Congress receipt for the manuscript of the song. Folding creases and some light toning; overall fine. 8.5 x 11 inches (21.6 x 27.8 cm). Read More...

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2. [Baptist Meeting House, Newton Upper Falls, Massachusetts].
"A Grate Singyng Meetyng! At Ye Publick Hall" - 1889 Concert Program

Amusing concert program for an 1889 concert of sacred music at the Baptist Meeting House in Newton Upper Falls, Massachusetts, written throughout in a precious "ye olde English" style. The concert took place "on ye evening of Thursday, May 9, 1889 at earlie candle lighte, wh occurs by ye Olde Farmers' Almanack, and not ye new fangled time, at 7.45 of ye clocke... For a true and faithful chronicle of all ye events wh will then come to pass, see ye lyst wh is in ye middle of ye booke [etc., etc.]" 16 pp. Original green wrapper with some edge nicks; overall toning; otherwise in very good condition. 7.5 x 10 inches (19 x 26 cm).

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3. [Barber, Samuel. (1910-1981)].
Cartier Gold Pen, used for the orchestration of "Antony and Cleopatra"

A fine and beautiful pen, used by Samuel Barber in the orchestrating of Antony and Cleopatra and gifted by the composer to the Metropolitan Opera Guild (recently deaccessioned). Designed as a tapered 14K gold body, to the 14K rose gold nib. Signed Cartier and numbered 3604, 7¼ inches (12 cm). Fine. Read More...

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4. Barnby, Joseph. (1838–1896).
"Sweet and Low" - Autograph Musical Quotation

Autograph musical quotation in the hand of the English composer and conductor, who has penned the first eight measures of his well-known setting of the Tennyson poem "Sweet and Low." Undated. Neatly penned over two systems on a trimmed leaf of manuscript paper. Overall toning; horizontal folding crease with a slight split; overall in very good condition. 6.5 x 4 inches (16.6 x 10.5 cm). Together with a clipping from the Strand Magazine with a short biography and engraved portraits of Barnby.

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5. Bartók, Béla. (1881–1945).
Large Autograph Signature "from Budapest"

A large and striking autograph signature from the important Hungarian composer, who has signed diagonally across an album leaf, noting "(from Budapest)" and dating Mondsee, August 21, 1931. Toning; edges slightly rough; overall in fine condition. 8 x 12 inches (21 x 31 cm). Read More...

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6. Bennett, Robert Russell. (1894–1981).
"Beauty, faith and friendship seem to be able to weather any storm" - Typed Letter Signed

A touching typed letter signed from the most important orchestrator in Broadway history, arranger for Jerome Kern, Richard Rodgers, and George Gershwin, and himself a notable composer. May 24, 1975. To a Mr. Burt Silverman, Bennett writes: "The answer to your question is that I recently looked over the first few pages of a book published 150 years ago, and it started out 'In these difficult, nay impossible times in which we live...' Which says to me that the era matters little, but such things as beauty, faith and friendship seem to be able to weather any storm. I hope." In very fine condition. 5.5 x 8.5 inches (14 x 21.6 cm).

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Autograph signature from the important Austrian composer of the Second Viennese School, dated January 24, 1932. Signed together on a large album leaf with a signature from the Austrian organist Franz Schütz, dated January 26, 1932. Some toning and two small smudges; upper edge slightly rough; overall in fine condition. 8 x 12 inches (21 x 31 cm).

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8. Berlin, Irving. (1888–1989).
"This is the Army" - Signed Souvenir Program

Original souvenir program from the World War II patriotic revue "This is the Army," signed on internal pages by numerous members of the all-military cast and by the composer, Irving Berlin. The colorful program features several spreads of halftone photographs of the cast and crew, a page about Berlin's World War I show "Yip Yip Yaphank," a page of photographs of the commanding officers of the U.S. Army, and a large spread featuring the names of all 300 enlisted performers. Berlin has signed below a small photograph on p. 2, showing him at work on the score with two officers. The cover features a light-hearted design of grim-faced soldiers marching off to war under a large flag. 12 pp. Front wrapper detached, with some external toning, one vertical crease; overall otherwise very good. 9 x 12 inches (22.8 x 30.3 cm). Read More...

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9. Bernstein, Leonard. (1918-1990).
Autograph Musical Quotation, "Maria."

Fine and boldly penned AMQS from the American composer and conductor, two measures ("Ma-ri-a") on a single musical staff, from his West Side Story (1957). Penned in brown ink on an off-white sheet of musical manuscript paper, identified as "West Side Story" and signed at the bottom "Leonard Bernstein." Nicely matted and framed to 8 x 15 In fine condition.

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10. Bernstein, Leonard. (1918-1990) [Monteux, Pierre. (1875-1964)].
Facsimile Autograph Letter to Monteux

Color facsimile, printed in red, of an autograph letter from Bernstein to the older "Maître," dated March 29, 1962. Writing after an interview with Monteux was published in the Washington Post in which he called Bernstein "the most all round talented musician today," Bernstein says he was "deeply touched" by his remarks. "...I had no idea you valued me so highly as a composer: this was a thrill to read. And you are so right about the lack of time: I have written literally nothing in five years, since West Side Story!! Alas..." A very detailed facsimile in fine condition. 8.5 x 11 inches (21.6 x 28 cm). From the estate of Monteux's daughter, Nancie Monteux Barendse. Read More...

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11. [Boismortier, Joseph Bodin de. (1689–1755)].
Sonates en Trio - Musical Manuscript

Sonates en trio œuvre 4e et 12e avec la basse par Boismortier, [1733]. An attractive copyist manuscript bass part to Boismortier's 12 trio sonatas op. 4 and 6 sonatas op. 12. Front (recto and verso) and rear paper boards extensively decorated in ink and watercolor, with the cover depicting a couple seated under a tree, surrounded by ornate foliage, and the inner cover showing floral decorations and the arms of the Duchesse of Bouillon, with the motto "Non retulit sine cruce rosas." 38 pp.  Read More...

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12. Boulanger, Nadia. (1887-1979) [Chenal, Marthe. (1881-1947)].
Autograph Letter to Marthe Chenal

Autograph letter from the influential French composer, conductor and pedagogue to the French soprano Marthe Chenal, arranging for a concert with her younger sister Lili Boulanger. 1 p.; n.p., n.d. [ca. 1910-1915]. Translated from the French: "What a disappointment! We are sorry - but what is there to be done? Mlle. Catulle Mendès seemed dismayed - We will telephone you on Wednesday to arrange to rehearse before our concert on Sunday. With our gratitude and our sincere admiration, Nadia Boulanger." Light toning, slight fading to the ink, and creases; overall in fine condition. 7 x 5.25 inches (18 x 13.4 cm).

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13. Brahms, Johannes. (1833-1897) [Beckerath, Willy von. (1868 - 1938)].
"Johannes Brahms at the Piano" - Signed Framed Print

Lithograph print, 20th century, of Willy von Beckerath's well-known color portrait. Signed by Beckerath with a monogram at the lower left corner. Brahms is shown playing the piano with one hand crossing over the other, while smoking one of his signature cigars. Sight size 18 x 23 inches. Framed. Read More...

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Art

14. Brahms, Johannes. (1833–1897).
Brahms' Death Announcement

A printed black-bordered document announcing the death of Johannes Brahms on April 3, 1897. Published by the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Vienna, of which Brahms was the honorary president, the document gives notice of his funeral, to be held on April 6, 1897. 11.5 x 9 inches (29 x 23 cm). Read More...

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15. Brahms, Johannes. (1833-1897).
Original Triplex Portrait Photograph

Original "Triplex Portrait" photograph of the great composer, shown in three slightly different poses within an ornate border. This well-known portrait was taken by Berlin court photographer O. Brasch, ca. 1889; this printing was issued in 1897 and is embossed with the year at the lower right corner. The photographer's insignia are reproduced as part of the border design. One very small surface stain at the upper left; adhesive mounting remnants from a recent mounting on the verso; overall in fine condition. 6.5 x 4.25 inches (16.7 x 10.8 cm).

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16. Brahms, Johannes. (1833–1897).
Piano Concerto no. 1 - Autograph Musical Quotation

Autograph musical quotation in the hand of the great composer, who has penned two measures of the opening theme from his Piano Concerto no. 1, signed "J. Brahms" and dated January 31, 1895. Some light toning and very slight smudge to the signature; overall in fine condition. 6 x 4 inches (15.5 x 10 cm). Read More...

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17. Britten, Benjamin. (1913-76) & Alan, Hervey. (1910-1982).
"Billy Budd" - SIGNED 1951 Opening Night Program

Original program from the December 1, 1951 opening night of Britten's opera, signed on the cover by Britten and by Hervey Alan, the bass who played Mr. Redburn. Britten conducted his own work at the Royal Opera House, starring Peter Pears and Theodor Uppman. Together with three original programs giving the Covent Garden performances for October 1951 to February 1952. 4 pp. 8.5 x 11.25 inches (21.5 x 28.5 cm). Read More...

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18. Carter, Elliot. (1908–2012).
Second String Quartet - Autograph Musical Quotation

Detailed AMQS, identified as the "2nd String Quartet" by the important American composer. He has neatly penned three measures for cello and violin on a small slip, signing below and dating New York, October 29, 1965. Mounted on a postcard. In very fine condition. 5 x 3 inches (13 x 8 cm). Read More...

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19. Carter, Elliot. (1908–2012).
Second String Quartet - Autograph Musical Quotation on a Brochure

Autograph musical quotation from the important American composer, penned on the cover of a brochure about his compositions. Below a half-tone photograph of himself, Carter has penned a short quotation of two measures from the cello part to the opening of his String Quartet no. 2, signed and inscribed, and dated February 10, 1971. The brochure, issued by BMI, provides a biography of the composer as well as a list of recordings. Additions to the list and a list of Carter's degrees, in an unidentified hand, have been made in red ink on the last 3 pp., somewhat faded. Mounting remnants to two corners; otherwise in fine condition overall. 4 x 9 inches (10.2 x 23 cm) closed, opening to 16 x 9 inches. Read More...

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A remarkable and intriguing relic from the eminent French author, born Amantine-Lucile-Aurore Dupin, better known by the masculine pen name she adopted early in her career. An early feminist, she also earned a footnote in musical history as the longtime romantic companion of pianist/composer Frédéric Chopin.  Read More...

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