Holiday 2018 Catalogue


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1. Beach, Amy. (1867–1944).
Original Concert Invitation

Invitation to a performance of the important American composer and pianist, penned on a card of the MacDowell Club of Boston. Text, in full: "The MacDowell Club requests the pleasure of your company Wednesday, November eighteenth at Copley Hall from four to six, to meet Mrs. H. H. A. Beach. Music at 4:15. Please present at door for admission." Beach performed at the piano in a program of her songs and her Romance for violin and piano at the Copley Hall in Boston on November 18, 1914. In very fine condition. 4.5 x 3.5 inches (11.3 x 9 cm). Read More...

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2. Beethoven, Ludwig van. (1770-1827).
Gran Trio per Violino, Viola e Violoncello [...] Op. III.

In Vienna: Presso T. Mollo e Comp.. [1798?]. Gran / Trio / per / Violino, Viola, e Violoncello / Composto dal Sigr. Luigi van Beethoven / Opera. III.  Folio  Engraved throughout; [PN] 83. Parts. Violin part loose, as issued; viola and cello parts stitched into wrappers with handwritten titles. 13 pp. (Violino); 12 pp. (Viola); 11 pp. (Violoncello.) Ex libris Luisa Sormani Busca Arconati Visconti. Light toning and some smudging; overall in fine condition.  Read More...

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1958 issue of Playbill magazine, signed by three important American opera composers: Douglas Moore above his image on the cover, Marc Blitzstein over the listing about his opera Regina, and Vittorio Giannini over the listing about his opera The Taming of the Shrew.  Rare. Somewhat poor contrast to the internal signatures (Giannini's in pencil), but otherwise in fine condition overall. 32 pp. 6.5 x 9 inches (16.5 x 23 cm).

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4. Blitzstein, Marc. (1905–1964).
Six Elizabethan Songs

New York: Chappell & Co.. c. 1959. Group of art songs on Shakespearean texts, composed for the American Shakespeare Festival Theatre and dedicated to Leonard Bernstein. 20 pp. From the collection of bass-baritone Edward Zambara, with his ownership signature to the title. Shelf wear and a spine split to the wrappers; overall very good. 9 x 12 inches.

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5. Boulez, Pierre. (1925-2016).
Signed Photograph

Signed color photograph of the important French composer and conductor, one of the major innovators and forces in 20th century music. Boulez has penned a neat signature over his hand, one of the lighter areas of the photograph. In very fine condition. 6 x 4 inches (15 x 11.4 cm).

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6. Brahms, Johannes. (1833–1897).
Original CDV Photograph

Original carte de visite photograph of the great composer as a younger man, ca. 1860's, photographed by B. J. Hirsch of Berlin. Toning and some scratches; overall very good. 2.5 x 4 inches (6 x 9.9 cm).

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7. [Britten, Benjamin. (1913-1976)].
"A Midsummer Night's Dream" - 1961 Royal Opera House Program

Original program from the first Covent Garden production of Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream, dated February 2, 1961. Conducted by Georg Solti and produced by John Gielgud, the opera had a completely different cast from its premiere at the Aldeburgh festival the previous summer: Russell Oberlin replaced Alfred Deller as Oberon, while John Lanigan replaced Peter Pears as Flute. 4 pp. Light toning; overall in very fine condition. 8.5 x 12.5 inches (21.6 x 31.8 cm).

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8. Britten, Benjamin. (1913-1976).
Original Decca Promotional Photograph

A very striking original doubleweight portrait photograph of the great British composer, conductor, and pianist, photographed for Decca and with the record company's stamp on the verso. Some light creases and wear to the corners; two staple marks at the upper edge; overall in very good condition. 8 x 10 inches (20.3 x 25.3 cm).

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9. [Britten, Benjamin. (1913-76) & Pears, Peter. (1910-1986)].
"Billy Budd" - Original 1951 Opening Night Program

Original program from the December 1, 1951 opening night of Britten's opera, based on the short novel by Herman Melville. Britten conducted his own work at the Royal Opera House, starring Peter Pears and Theodor Uppman. 4 pp. Some light foxing and toning; overall in fine condition. 8.5 x 11.25 inches (21.5 x 28.5 cm). Read More...

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Original program from the June 8, 1953 premiere of Benjamin Britten's opera Gloriana, presented at the Royal Opera House as part of the coronation celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II. The opera starred Peter Pears as Robert Devereaux, Earl of Essex, and Joan Cross as Queen Elizabeth I. The large souvenir program features color illustrations on the front and back covers and a gold tassel on the spine. Printed by Eaton Press, Liverpool.  Several large edge and spine tears and overall age wear and toning; else good. 10.5 x 15.5 inches (26.7 x 39.4 cm). Read More...

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11. Bruneau, Alfred. (1857–1934).
Autograph Letter

Autograph letter from the important French critic and composer, known for his realist operas, ballets, and symphonies. Paris, July 2, 1924. Bruneau writes: "I will make every effort to go to the conservatory on Friday, but I do not yet know if I will find the time, because I am leaving Paris the next day..." 1 p. of a bifolium. In very fine condition. 4 x 5.25 inches (10.5 x 13.5 cm).

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12. Busoni, Ferruccio. (1866–1924).
Postcard Photograph

Postcard photograph, ca. 1910, of the important pianist, composer and conductor, who is shown seated in a library. Some light edge wear and silvering to the lower edge; overall fine. 3.5 x 5.5 inches (8.7 x 13.8 cm).

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13. Cage, John. (1912–1992) [Knowles, Alice. (b. 1933)].
Typed Letter Signed regarding the artist Alison Knowles

Typed letter signed from the highly influential composer, recommending visual artist Alison Knowles for a fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts. 1 p. September 14, 1976. Typed on one side of a "Message/Reply" sheet printed with Cage's letterhead. In very fine condition. 8.5 x 7 inches (21.6 x 17.8 cm). Read More...

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14. Chemin-Petit, Hans. (1902-1981) & Zeumer, Gerti. & Schiml, Marga. (b. 1945) & Laubenthal, Horst. (b. 1939) & Stamm, Harald. (b. 1938).
Autograph Musical Quotation from "König Nicolo" with Autograph Note and Signed Program

AMQS from the German composer's 1959 opera König Nicolo, signed and dated March 5, [19]79 and mounted together with an original photograph of the composer. Together with an 1974 concert program from a Berlin performance of Beethoven's Missa Solemnis, signed by Chemin-Petit and by the vocal soloists, Gerti Zeumer, Marga Schiml, Horst Laubenthal and Harald Stamm; and a card sending thanks for wishes on Chemin-Petit's 70th birthday, signed with a short personal message by the composer. AMQS 6.25 x 5.25 inches (16 x 13.3 cm), mounted to A4; program 5.75 x 8.25 inches (14.8 x 21 cm); card 5.75 x 4 inches (14.8 x 10.3 cm). All in very fine condition. Read More...

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A set of carte de visite photographs, ca. 1880s, of plaster medallions depicting the four great composers. Red-bordered cards with the photographer's shield, a "P," on the verso. In very fine condition. 2.5 x 4 inches (6.3 x 10.2 cm).

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16. Diamond, David. (1915–2005).
Integration and Integrity in Contemporary American Music - Signed Postcard

Signed postcard the American composer of classical music, often considered part of a forgotten generation of American symphonists. The card advertises a lecture given by Diamond on May 4, 1960 in Florence, Italy; Diamond has signed below his name. Slightly poor contrast to the first part of the signature, but otherwise fine. 6 x 4.25 inches (15.2 x 11 cm).

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Group of three autograph letters from the important French composer to Belgian violist Jean Rogister. July 5, 1921 (1 p.); October 30, 1921 (3 pp.); and July 10, 1922 (1 p.). The letters concern D'Indy's advice to Rogister on his compositions, with D'Indy apologizing for his delay in responding to Rogister's manuscripts, and giving criticism on Rogister's trombone concerto. Complete translations below. In very fine condition overall, ranging in size from 4 x 5 inches to 8.5 x 11 inches. Read More...

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Cuneo: Tipografia Sociale. 1862. L'Elisir d'amore, melodramma giocoso in duet atti. Poesia del cavaliere Felice Romani; musica del maestro Gaetano Donizetti. Early edition libretto of Donizetti's best-known comedic opera. 32 pp. 12mo. Original front wrapper; heavy edge wear, toning and soiling, with one ink stain at the lower right. Overall very good. 4.5 x 7 inches (11.8 x 17.8 cm). WorldCat records no copies, although we have located two copies in the Museo del Disco d'Epoca in Emilia-Romagna and at the Università di Bologna.  Read More...

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19. Gershwin, George. (1898 - 1937).
Signed Photograph

Signed sepia tone Pinchot of NY photograph of the American composer who melded the jazz idiom with classical music forms in a number of timeless orchestral and stage works, including Rhapsody in Blue and Porgy and Bess. Original 8 x 10 inch photograph of the smiling composer, boldly inscribed in black ink in the lower blank margin "For Edith Limburg - With greetings + all my best wishes, George Gershwin" and dated "Apr. 21, 1936." An excellent example in pristine condition.

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20. Glinka, Mikhail. (1804-1857).
Cabinet Card Portrait

Photographic reproduction of a portrait of the very influential Russian composer, on a cabinet card issued by the publishing house of Friedrich Bruckmann as part of "Bruckmann's Portrait-Collection." Areas of toning to two corners and light edge wear; otherwise in very good condition. 4 x 6.5 inches (10.4 x 16.6 cm).

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