Summer 2018 Catalogue


Showing items 1 to 20

220 items in this catalogue total,
currently filtered to 220




1. Auric, Georges. (1899–1983).
Autograph Letter

Autograph letter from the French composer, a child prodigy who, by the time he turned 20, had orchestrated and written incidental music for several ballets and stage productions and who was considered one of Les Six, a group of artists informally associated with Jean Cocteau and Erik Satie. Dated "Monday" and postmarked June 14, 1928. Translated from the French:  "Dear Madame, If you haven't had any news from me recently, it's just that I was traveling. I am now in Paris. Please let me know a day when you are free. We have finished the "contract" part of the business. (You know that I am connected with an editor. But I think that we can get around the difficulty.) Until soon, I think. My best wishes, Georges Auric." Toning and perforated edges; overall fine. 4.5 x 5.75 inches (11.4 x 14.5 cm).

Show all available items in this catalogue matching:
Autograph Letter
Classical Music

2. [Bach, Johann Sebastian. (1685–1750)] Bernstein, Leonard. (1918–1990).
Bach Commemoration Concert - Original 1950 Poster

Original poster for a Bach Commemoration Concert held in Detroit on February 5, 1950, marking the 200th anniversary of Bach's death and featuring the young Leonard Bernstein as pianist and conductor. Printed on card stock, with some foxing, creasing and areas of wear; small pen marks at the upper left corner; overall very good. 11 x 14 inches (28 x 35.3 cm).

Show all available items in this catalogue matching:
Poster
Classical Music
A short autograph note from the German composer, the half-brother of Clara Schumann who taught at the Berlin Hochschule für Musik and, with Brahms, edited the complete works of Schumann and Chopin. He has written a short request (translated from the German): "Please provide Mr. Beal with a room," and signed at the foot in pencil. Toning and mounting remnants; overall very good. 5 x 4.25 inches (13 x 11 cm).

Show all available items in this catalogue matching:
Autograph Letter
Classical Music
Vintage press photograph of the important Hungarian composer, shown together with pianist Gyorgy Sandor. Press caption on the verso, stamped June 16. 1971, reads: "The late composer Bela Bartok (left) with pianist Gyorgy Sandor during one of their many meetings. A pupil and friend of Bartok, Sandor gave the world premieres of two of his works." Blue and red pen marks and faded cropping marks to the image; overall very good. 10 x 8 inches (25.8 x 20.3 cm).

Show all available items in this catalogue matching:
Unsigned Photograph
Classical Music

5. Bartok, Bela. (1881-1945) & Kodály, Zoltán. (1882-1967).
Original Scrapbook with Signed Program Covers and Press Clippings

A small handmade scrapbook containing two original 1934 Collegium Musicum of Budapest program covers signed by Bartók and Kodály, as well as numerous press clippings relating to the concerts. Bartók has signed in pencil on the cover of the program dated February 12, 1934, in which he accompanied four singers in an concert of Debussy; this program cover serves as the cover of the scrapbook. Kodály has signed the cover of a program dated April 11, 1934, where he performed his own works and those of Bartók. Both program covers have been decorated with clipped halftone portraits of the composers. The remainder of the 12-page booklet includes press clippings and one clipped press photograph from Bartók's performance, all neatly mounted and reinforced with stripes of tape. Toning and light overall wear, but generally in very good condition. 9.25 x 7 inches (23.5 x 17.6 cm). Read More...

Show all available items in this catalogue matching:
Signed Document/Item
Classical Music

6. Beethoven, Ludwig van. (1770–1827).
Grande Sonate pour le Pianoforte [...] Oeuvre XXII

à Berlin: Au Bureau des arts et d'industrie. [ca. 1811]. Grande Sonate pour le Pianoforte, composée et dédiée à Monsieur le Comte de Browne, Brigadier au Service de S. M. J. de toute la Russie, par Louis van Beethoven. Oeuvre XXII. [PN] 93. 21 pp. Oblong format. Engraved throughout. Unbound, with back cover fully detached and pages loose. Title defective at lower edge with loss of imprint and a few notes on verso. Library stamps to the title; some pencil annotations throughout. Foxing, toning, and some heavy edge and corner wear. Overall in very good condition. 13.5 x 9.5 inches (34.5 x 24.3 cm). Kinsky-Halm, p. 56; Beethoven-Haus Bonn Inv.-Nr 12.276. Read More...

Show all available items in this catalogue matching:
Printed Music
Classical Music

7. Beethoven, Ludwig van. (1770-1827).
Sonata in Fa maggiore […] Op. 17.

Mendrisio: Presso C. Pozzi. [ca. 1860]. Sonata / in Fa / maggiore / per / Pianoforte e Violino o Viola o Violoncello o Corno / composta da L. van Beethoven / Op. 17. Parts. Engraved throughout. [PN] 6331. Folio. Parts and score loose, as issued, in self-printed wrapper. 16 pp. (score); 3 pp. (violin); 3 pp. (viola); 3 pp. (violoncello); 3 pp. (horn in F). Ex libris Luisa Sormani Busca Arconati Visconti. Light toning and some ink smudging throughout; wear and foxing to cover; overall in fine condition. 9.75 x 13.5 inches (25 x 34.5 cm). An uncommon edition, with no copies recorded by WorldCat and none at the Beethovenhaus Bonn. Read More...

Show all available items in this catalogue matching:
Printed Music
Classical Music

8. Beethoven, Ludwig van. (1770-1827).
Engraved Portrait

Engraved portrait of the immortal composer, shown slightly turned to the left, looking to the left, within an oval frame. Engraved by R. Rahn. Slightly irregularly trimmed with overall light foxing. 4 x 5 inches (10 x 12.6 cm).

Show all available items in this catalogue matching:
Unsigned Photo/Portrait
Classical Music

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

Carte de visite photograph of the great composer as a younger man, in 1866. Oval photograph mounted to a later glossy card, with Brahms' name written on the recto and further identified and dated on the verso. Overall fine. 2.5 x 4 inches (6 x 9.9 cm).

Show all available items in this catalogue matching:
Unsigned Photograph
Classical Music

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

Original carte de visite photograph of the great composer, photographed by Fritz Luckhardt of Vienna. Card toned, with some notes in German to the verso; overall fine. 2.5 x 4.25 inches (6.5 x 10.6 cm).

Show all available items in this catalogue matching:
Unsigned Photograph
Classical Music

11. [Brahms, Johannes. (1833–1897)].
Map of Hamburg, Brahms' Birthplace - Owned by the Composer

Hamburg: S. Berendso. Original map of Hamburg, owned by the important composer and titled in his hand on the outer slipcase label "Plan von Hamburg" and with the printed title "Grundriss von Hamburg / nach dem unglücklichen Brande von 5ten May bis den 9ten 1842" ("Plan of Hamburg / after the unhappy fire of May 5th to 9th, 1842"). The map shows Brahms' birthplace, with a fold-out flap, outlined in red ink, bringing attention to the affected central area before and after the fire. Folding creases, light toning and edge wear, overall very good. 19.5 x 14.75 inches (49.5 x 37.6 cm), 4 x 5 inches (10.5 x 13 cm) folded and in slipcase. Read More...

Show all available items in this catalogue matching:
Classical Music
History & Historiography
Broadside
Art
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. Some light foxing, but overall in very fine condition. 10.5 x 15.5 inches (26.7 x 39.4 cm). Read More...

Show all available items in this catalogue matching:
Program, unsigned
Opera

13. Büsser, Henri. (1872–1973).
Signed Postcard Portrait with Autograph Note

Original postcard portrait of the French classical composer, organist, and conductor, signed at the foot and with an autograph note on the verso to French pianist Céliny Chailley-Richez. Büsser is shown in a lively portrait playing the piano in a dressing gown and cap while a black cat lurks at his feet. In his very difficult to decipher writing, he has inscribed the card on the verso to Chailley-Richez with "devoted and affectionate thoughts" ("Chere Celiny, Tres devoue et... affectueuse pensee. Mes souvenirs et amities toutes sans oublier de...") and has dated Paris, September 20, 1946. Some light toning; otherwise in fine condition. 3.5 x 5.5 inches (8.8 x 13.9 cm). Read More...

Show all available items in this catalogue matching:
Signed Photograph
Classical Music
Autograph Letter

14. Cimarosa, Domenico. (1749–1801).
Autograph Musical Fragment

Autograph musical fragment from the Italian composer known for his more than 80 operas, including Il matrimonio segreto. 14 measures of music for three unidentified instrumental voices (likely two violins and viola), penned over 2 pp. on recto and verso of a leaf with ten hand-drawn staves.  Light toning and foxing; overall fine. 11.25 x 8.5 inches (28.3 x 21.4 cm). Read More...

Show all available items in this catalogue matching:
Manuscript Music
Classical Music

15. D'Indy, Vincent. (1851–1931).
"This music of Rameau is very boring if one does not make it live..." - Autograph Letter

An interesting autograph letter from the great French musician, a renowned organist, timpanist, chorus master, and conductor, discussing the details of an upcoming concert with music of Rameau in Brussels. Paris, December 31, 1910. While he says he would be pleased to work with his correspondent's choirs for the concert (for which he would travel to Brussels with the orchestra of the Paris Schola Cantorum), D'Indy expresses concern that there would not be enough rehearsal time to communicate his ideas about the music of Rameau, and he does not wish to risk performing it badly: "This music of Rameau is very boring if one does not make it live and its life lies in the melodic accent and rhythm. One could see this in the performance of Hippolyte et Aricie at the opera which caused everyone in the orchestra to fall asleep (including myself) [...] I have never and nowhere found an orchestra capable of executing this music well, even passably..." He suggests arriving early to rehearse with the choir, but worries that the orchestra will get lost if they have to arrive alone. [Full translation below.] 2 pp. Water-mark of The Archangel Mill, stationary of the Schola Cantorum. One vertical and horizontal crease, tiny hole to center at fold, short. Small closed tear to lower margin (at fold.) Overall in fine condition. 10.75 x 8.25 inches (20.8 x 27.2 cm). Read More...

Show all available items in this catalogue matching:
Autograph Letter
Classical Music

16. Dvorák, Antonin Leopold. (1841–1904).
Original CDV Photograph

Original carte de visite photograph of the important Czech composer, photographed by Negretti & Zambra of Crystal Palace, London, ca. 1884. A few light spots, but overall in very fine condition. 2.5 x 4 inches (6.3 x 10.3 cm). Read More...

Show all available items in this catalogue matching:
Unsigned Photograph
Classical Music

17. Dvorák, Antonin Leopold. (1841–1904).
Visiting Card with Autograph Signed Note

An original engraved visiting card from the important composer, inscribed and signed on the verso with a short note, signed "Dvorak." Prague, September 28, 1883. Translated from the German, in part: "Dear Herr Haik, the bearer of this card is a music teacher from France, Henri de la Mettrie, and asks me for recommendations to families [...] If that should not work, he asks for support [...]." On the recto, Dvorak has inscribed and addressed the card to a Herr Haik. Very fine. 3.75 x 2.25 inches (9.8 x 5.6 cm).

Show all available items in this catalogue matching:
Autograph Letter
Classical Music

18. Enesco, Georges. (1881-1955).
Signed Photograph with AUTOGRAPH MUSICAL QUOTATION of the Symphony No. 1 in E flat Major, Op. 13

AMQS from the eminent Romanian-born violinist and composer, on an unusual large original photograph of him conducting an orchestra. Six measures from his Symphony in E-flat, signed and inscribed to Robert S. Holzman, in French, 1939.  Corner creases; otherwise fine overall. 9.5 x 7.5 inches (image), 14 x 11 inches total. Read More...

Show all available items in this catalogue matching:
Classical Music
AMQS

19. Falla, Manuel de. (1876–1946).
"Retablo" - Autograph Musical Quotation

Autograph musical quotation from the influential Spanish composer, who has penned two measures from his puppet-opera El retablo de maese Pedro, identified as "Retablo," signed below and dated 1932. On a small album page with some light toning, but overall fine. 6.5 x 5 inches (16.4 x 12.2 cm). Read More...

Show all available items in this catalogue matching:
AMQS
Classical Music

20. Gade, Niels. (1817–1890).
Original CDV Photograph

Original carte de visite portrait photograph of the Danish composer, issued by Hansen, Schou & Weller of Copenhagen. In fine condition. 2.5 x 4 inches (6.3 x 10 cm).

Show all available items in this catalogue matching:
Unsigned Photograph
Classical Music