Winter 2018 Catalogue


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1. Albeniz, Isaac. (1860–1909) [Klein, Herman. (1856–1934)].
Rare Autograph Letter about "Pepita Jiménez"

A very rare autograph letter from the Spanish composer and pianist best-known for his piano works based on folk music idioms. June 11, 1897. Writing to the English critic Herman Klein, Albeniz reports that the preparations for his new production of his opera Pepita Jiménez are going well: "I am sure that we will have a brilliant premiere: it is fixed for Saturday the 19th, and at the moment everything is ready." 2 pp. of a bifolium. Overall toning, with one slight edge tear and a corner crease; otherwise in fine condition. 4.5 x 7 inches (11.2 x 17.5 cm). Read More...

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2. Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel. (1714–1788).
Versuch über die wahre Art, das Clavier zu spielen

Leipzig: im Schwickertschen Verlage. 1787 and 1797. Versuch über die wahre Art, das Clavier zu spielen, mit Exempeln und achtzehn Probe-Stücken in sechs Sonaten erläutert. Erster Theil. Dritte ... vermehrte Auflage. Bound together with: Zweyter Theil, in welchem die Lehre von dem Accompagnement und der freyen Fantasie abgehandelt wird. Zweite ... vermehrte Auflage. VIII, 103, [1]; [8], 280 pp. One fold-out engraved table. Modern half vellum binding. Several early pencil annotations through the first volume; overall fine. 7 x 8.25 inches (18 x 22 cm). Read More...

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3. Bartók, Béla. (1881–1945).
Early Autograph Musical Quotation, inscribed to his Mother

An important early autograph musical quotation from the Hungarian composer, inscribed to his mother. Bartok has penned 12 measures from his Scherzo in B flat minor (B.B. 21), signed boldly, dated March 26, 1901 and inscribed at the head (translated from the Hungarian): "To widowed Mrs. Bartok," it being convention in Hungary to use the husband's name and then add "widowed" after his death. Matted together with a later photograph of the composer. Visible size 4.5 x 6.5 inches (11.8 x 16.3 cm), handsomely matted in red and gold to an overall size of 14 x 11 inches. Overall toning, but otherwise very fine. Read More...

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4. [Beethoven, Ludwig van. (1770–1827)].
Einladung zu Ludwig van Beethoven’s Leichenbegängniss. ORIGINAL INVITATION TO BEETHOVEN'S FUNERAL

Single sheet black-bordered invitation to Beethoven's funeral, the text composed by Beethoven's life-long friend Stephan von Breuning. Vienna, March 29, 1827. Printed on heavy paper, cut by hand, measuring 19.2 x 13.1 cm. "...Man versammelt sich in der Wohnung des Verstorbenen im Schwarzspanier-Hause Nr. 200, am Glacis vor dem Schottenthore. / Der Zug begibt sich von da nach der Dreyfaltigkeits-Kirche / bey den P. P. Minoriten in der Alsergasse. Die musikalische Welt erlitt den unersetzlichen Verlust des berühmten Tondichters am 26. März 1827 Abends gegen 6 Uhr. / Beethoven starb an den Folgen der Wassersucht, im 56. Jahre seines Alters, nach empfangenen heil. Sacramenten ...“  Read More...

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5. Beethoven, Ludwig van. (1770–1827).
LIVme sonate / composée pour pianoforte et dediée à Monsieur le Comte François de Brunsvik par Louis van Beethoven. Op. 57 [Appassionata]

Vienna: Au Bureau des arts et d'industrie. [1807]. First Edition. Oblong folio. Title; 2 - 25 pp. Engraved throughout. [PN]521. Price of 2 f -30. Scattered spotting particularly to the first three and final two leaves, outer edges toned, overall a fine and wide-margined copy of this exceedingly rare score.  Kinsky-Halm, pp. 135; Hirsch IV, 297. Leicher-Olbrich p. 17.  Read More...

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A large uniface original portrait medal by the celebrated Austrian sculptor. 6.5 x 5.5 cm. Niggl 1836. A few scratches around the edges, overall fine. Mounted in a period ebonised frame with mahogany insert to 29 cm x 29 cm.

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7. Bennett, Robert Russell. (1894–1981).
"The Song of the High Seas" - Autograph Musical Quotation

Autograph musical quotation signed by the most important orchestrator in Broadway history, arranger for Jerome Kern, Richard Rodgers, and George Gershwin, and himself a notable composer. Bennett has penned two measures from the theme of "The Song of the High Seas," one of the pieces he arranged from themes by Richard Rodgers for the 1952–3 documentary television series Victory at Sea. Some light toning; overall very fine. 3.75 x 3.75 inches (9.8 x 9.8 cm). Read More...

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Typed letter signed from the important conductor and composer to Doris Monteux, wife of Pierre Monteux. May 19, 1969. Bernstein agrees to sponsor the Pierre Monteux Memorial Foundation and continues: "It was so nice to hear from you. I think of you and the Maître very often, and I am glad you are keeping music in his 'little hall.'" He signs: "Lenny B." On letterhead of the New York Philharmonic. Folding creases; overall very fine. 8.5 x 7.25 inches (21.7 x 18.3 cm).

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9. Bernstein, Leonard. (1918–1990) [Schuman, William. (1910–1992)] .
Typed Letter Signed about William Schuman's 70th Birthday

Typed letter signed from the important conductor and composer, regarding the 70th birthday celebration for composer William Schuman. As chair of the committee for Schuman's birthday, Bernstein invites conductor Frank Brieff of the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra to program a work by Schuman in the 1980-1981 season and to submit information of this concert to the committee. On letterhead of the William Schuman 70th Birthday Celebration, with a listing of committee members at the left side that reads as a veritable who's-who of 20th-century conductors. Undated. Signed "Lenny B." Folding creases and some light wrinkling; overall in fine condition. 8.5 x 11 inches (21.7 x 27.9 cm).

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10. Bernstein, Leonard. (1918-1990).
"I'm so glad modern music goes so well in the Mad South" - Three Letters to Reneé Longy.

An interesting group of letters to Bernstein's former teacher at Curtis where he studied score reading and ear training with her.  All addressed to Reneé Longy, various sizes, age toning, telegram is folded, overall fine. The group includes: Read More...

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11. Bernstein, Leonard. (1918–1990).
Two Meditations from "Mass" - THREE Printed Scores with Autograph Corrections

Printed score for Two Meditations from "Mass" for orchestra, Signed thrice, in ink or pencil, with numerous holograph corrections throughout, in green or red colored pencil. The score, a facsimile of the original autograph musical document notated on sheets printed with 26 staves per page, in two parts ("Meditation #1" and "Meditation #2"). The first part, with holograph title ("Meditation #1 / from Mass"), signed on first page at upper right and again at lower edge ("copyright 1971, 1972 Leonard Bernstein"). The second part, signed on the first page at upper right, in pencil. Together 12 pages. Each folio, self-wrappers, staple binding; toning and chipping at all edges, horizontal fold, cello tape at edges of later pages of each part. Np, ca. 1972. Read More...

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12. Boulanger, Nadia. (1887–1979).
Signed Photograph

An uncommon signed photograph of the influential French composer, conductor and pedagogue. She is shown seated next to her piano, and has signed and inscribed at the foot, dating October 16, 1935. Photographed by Edm. Joaillier of Paris. Corner creases, some edge wear and discoloration, and mounting remnants to the verso; overall fine. 7 x 9.5 inches (24 x 28 cm).  Boulanger is quite scarce in this format. 

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13. Boulez, Pierre. (1925–2016).
"Figures" - Autograph Orchestral Seating Plan and Signed Program

Autograph document in the hand of the important composer and conductor, showing the orchestral seating plan for his work Figures (1958–66). Undated [likely Baden-Baden, 1985.] In his tiny and precise hand, Berlioz has mapped out the seating plan for the three separate instrumental groups. Another hand has enlarged some of the words to make the plan more easily legible. An interesting and visually striking document. 1 p. on hole-punched graph paper. Light stains at the right, with light edge wear; overall very good. 10.5 x 8 inches (27 x 20.8 cm). Read More...

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14. Britten, Benjamin. (1913–1976).
Autograph Note about the 1969 Snape Maltings Fire

Autograph note from the important British composer. 2 pp., n.d. [1969]. Text, in full: "Dear Jim, Sorry you missed the fairly universal news of our fire in June—it was pretty awful, but we coped some how—& now have the unenviable task of raising lots of lovely money! Glad things go well with you & your new house. Love to all the family. Yours ever, Ben." On a letterhead notecard. Small surface losses along blank upper edge, else fine. 6 x 4 inches (15 x 10.5 cm). Read More...

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15. Cage, John. (1912-1992).
"John Cage in Concert" - Original Flyer

Original flyer/poster for "John Cage in Concert," a February 22, 1975 performance with Nancy Seymour in Fort Lauderdale, FL, sponsored by Broward Community College and featuring performances of Cage's works "Empty Words, Part III" and "Music for Marcel Duchamp." The striking poster design features a large mushroom surrounded by brown lettering. On the verso, a halftone photograph of Cage with the quotation, "It behooves us therefore to see each thing directly as it is, be it the sound of a tin whistle or the elegant Lepiota Procera." Folding crease; overall in fine condition. 8.5 x 9.25 inches. Read More...

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16. Cage, John. (1912-1992).
Signed Letter with Mushroom Catchup Recipe

An interesting typed letter signed from the innovative and influential American composer, sharing a recipe for mushroom catchup for inclusion in a collection of the favorite recipes of notable people. Stony Point, New York, September 9, 1961. 1 p. Cage, who was an accomplished amateur mycologist, gives a recipe from the 1900 book One Thousand American Fungi for a fermented mushroom catchup containing "toadstools," ginger, mace, bay, cayenne, allspice, pepper, and brandy, which "should be allowed to stand undisturbed for at least a year before using," and goes on to specify which species of mushroom can be used. Folding creases; otherwise very fine. 8.5 x 11 inches (21.5 x 28 cm). Together with a copy of a letter soliciting recipes from Jacqueline Stephens of Milwaukee (this one addressed to John H. Griffin).  Read More...

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17. Cage, John. (1912-1992) & Beuys, Joseph. (1921–1986) [Nam June Paik (1932-2006)].
Untitled, 1983 (From Good Morning Mr. Orwell portfolio)

Offset lithograph from the numbered edition of 250, signed by both artists in pencil on recto, numbered 97.  Sheet: 30 x 22 inches; Framed: 38.5 x 31 inches. Schellman 500. Read More...

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Art & Design

18. [Cage, John. (1912-1992)] Nam June Paik (1932-2006) .
A Tribute to John Cage - SIGNED BY CAGE

Tokuzo Okabe, Kanagawa. 1978. The set of 52 screenprints, 1975, with title and biography, on playing cards, with the justification label, signed in black ink by Paik and including one extra card (King of Clubs) in duplicate signed and inscribed by John Cage himself. Number 110 from the edition of 250 (there were also 30 artist's proofs), the full sheets, in very good condition, some stray blue ink on a few from the silkscreening process, loose in black canvas-covered box (portfolio), the cards in standard format, the set 150 x 115 mm (overall). Read More...

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19. 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 right blank area and in fine condition. Read More...

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20. Cage, John. (1912–1992).
Variations III - AUTOGRAPH MUSICAL QUOTATION

A remarkable and unusual signed musical quotation from the innovative and influential American composer. Probably from Cage's “Variations III," which the composer described as "a highly indeterminate piece" where "the straight lines are the various parameters of sound and the points are sounds." In blue ink, on a graphically striking postcard illustration by fluxus artist George Brecht, titled "John Cage: Variations III."

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