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An interesting early program from the 1929 Sopron Music Festival in Hungary, signed by Bartók, Dohnányi, and several other important Hungarian musicians of the era. The program lists concerts, services, and galas over three days, from October 20 to 22, 1929, and is signed on the internal pages twice by Bartók and Dohnányi and additionally by pianists Imre Stefániai and Ottó Herz, tenor Ferenc Székelyhidy, and conductor Károly Zwinz. The works performed in the festival included Bartók's Hungarian Rhapsody, Kodály's Psalmus Hungaricus, and Dohnányi's Suite in F-sharp minorRead More...

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11715. Bartók, Béla. (1881-1945) [Adler, Guido. (1855 - 1941)].
Über die Herausgabe ungarischer Volkslieder [On the Publication of Hungarian Folk Songs] - INSCRIBED PRESENTATION COPY TO GUIDO ADLER

Berlin and Leipzig: W. de Gruyter and Co. 1931. Sonderabdruck aus den Ungarischen Jahrbüchern Band XI, Heft 3. Ungarische Bibliothek. Für das Ungarische Institut an der Universität Berlin herausgegeben von Julius Farkas. 8vo pamphlet. 25 cm. 17, [1] pp. Inscribed in ink on the title "Prof. Dr. Guido Adler / hochachtungsvoll [yours respectfully] / Béla Bartók." In fine condition. Read More...

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14186. [Bartók, Béla. (1881-1945)] Dukas, Paul. (1865-1935).
Autograph Letter to Prunieres, Lamenting a Missed Meeting with Bartok

Neatly penned autograph letter, one page, 5 x 6.5, no date but postmarked April 6, 1922. Addressed on the reverse in Dukas’s own hand to Henri Prunières and signed "Paul Dukas." The letter apologizes for missing a visit from the addressee and from "Monsieur Béla Bartok, whose acquaintance I would have been delighted to make. All the more so since I must respond to your kind invitation for Saturday. I have to be in Valenciennes on Sunday to help with the concert of the Societé du Conservatoire there. And if I don't take the train at 5:10 in the evening on Saturday, I will have to get up at 6:30 to leave on Sunday morning! So in this case despite all my regrets, I must excuse myself..." A scarce and rather charming letter from the French composer, critic, scholar and teacher best known for his "L'apprenti sorcier "(The Sorcerer's Apprentice) and his opera "Ariane et Barbe-bleue." Read More...

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15842. 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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485. Baryshnikov, Mikhail. (b. 1948).
Photograph at White House with Patricia McBride and President Carter!

Original press photograph from "Baryshnikov at the White House." 8X10 inches and in fine condition.

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Dance

1194. Baryshnikov, Mikhail. (b. 1948).
Large Satin-Finish Signed Photograph

Color satin-finish 8 x 12 inch photo of Baryshnikov performing, signed in-person in blue felt tip. In very fine condition.

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3577. Baryshnikov, Mikhail. (b. 1948).
Signed Photograph

Vintage 8 x 10 inch black and white photograph, a bust image of the great dancer in his youthful prime. Boldly signed in blue ink and in very fine condition.

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5387. [Baseball].
Original US Army Baseball Game Photograph

A striking 11 x 11 inch doubleweight 1945 photograph of American troops enjoying a baseball came "in the shell-scarred Rizal Stadium, Manila." The image, by Sgt. Dick Hanley, was reproduced on the cover of "Yank," the Army's weekly magazine published by the United States military during World War II.

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Culture, Ethnicity & Gender

8486. [Baseball] Longbrake, Arthur. (1884 - 1963).
Brother Noah gave out checks for rain

Philadelphia: Jos. Morris. 1907. "Goliath was struck out by David, A base hit was made on Abel by Cain, And the Prodigal Son made a great home-run. Brother Noah gave checks out for rain." Read More...

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16151. Basquiat, Jean-Michel. (1960–1988).
Original Color Transparency Photograph

Küsnacht/Zürich: Bischofberger. 1985. Original color transparency photograph of the noted artist, who came to fame in the 1970's as part of the graffiti duo SAMO and became established as a neo-expressionist painter before his early death in 1988. He is shown standing in an otherwise empty room, wearing a red vest, white shirt and tie, with a glass of champagne by his feet. 4 x 5 inch color transparency. Some light nicks at the corners, overall fine.

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13514. Bassi, Amedeo. (1872-1949).
Signed Photograph Postcard with Facsimile AMQS

Postcard portrait of the great Italian tenor with a facsimile AMQS from his role as Chopin in the opera by Giacomo Orefice, and with an autograph signature in bold ink to the right of the image. Orefice's fancified version of the composer's life premiered at the Teatro Lirico, Milan, in 1901, and Bassi recorded excerpts from the opera ca. 1903-1905. The postcard is addressed on the verso to the Argentinian collector Ramona Imaz Otaño and postmarked April 14, 1904. In fine condition. 3.5 x 5.5 inches (9 x 14 cm). Read More...

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Opera

7024. Bastianini, Ettore. (1922 - 1967).
Signed Photograph in "La Battaglia di Legnano"

Unusual signed original Piccagliani photograph of the great baritone whose career was tragically cut short by throat cancer. A boldly signed photograph from his first and only performances of Rolando in Verdi's rarely heard opera "La battaglia di Legnano" at La Scala in December of 1961. 10.5 x 15.5 cm. Very fine.

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16110. Battista, Joseph. (1918–1968).
Signed Photograph

Signed photograph from the American pianist, a star from the age of four who was known as the "Philadelphia Wunderkind," and who went on to perform extensively and to teach at Juilliard. He is shown at the piano and has signed and inscribed at the right, dating April 11, 1948. Photographed by J. Abresch of New York. Lightly toned, with some surface crackles; buckled (could be flattened.) Overall in very good condition. 8 x 10 inches (20.3 x 25.5 cm).

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2024. Battistini, Mattia. (1856-1928).
Signed Photograph and Grammophon Brochure

Signed postcard photograph of the "King of the Baritones," generally considered to be one of the great figures in 20th century vocal history. A contemplative portrait of the singer, shown in profile, seated and studying a score. Signed "Battistini," 8.5 x 13.5 cm. Sold together with a vintage German "Gramola - Grammophon" brochure with photographs on both sides and listing his recent recordings.

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2025. Battistini, Mattia. (1856-1928).
Signed Costume Photograph

A fine signed postcard photograph of the "King of the Baritones," generally considered to be one of the great figures in 20th century vocal history. A rare Russian photograph, signed "Battistini," 8.5 X 13.5 cm. Beginning in 1892, he performed regularly in Russia, where he was a favorite of the Imperial family and was an enormous star.

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5250. Battistini, Mattia. (1856-1928).
Signed Costume Photograph

Signed postcard photograph of the "King of the Baritones," generally considered to be one of the great figures in 20th century vocal history. A pristine sepia photograph in costume as Posa in Verdi's "Don Carlo," one of his most celebrated roles. Boldly signed "Battistini 1925." 8.5 x 13.5 cm.

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Unusual pairing of early ink signatures of the two great pianists both born in 1873, on a single album page dated Paris, 1903 and measuring 12 x 17.5 cm. Risler has added a single musical note below his signature.

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11686. Bax, Arnold. (1883 - 1953).
Autograph Musical Quotation

Boldly penned AMQS from the popular English composer. Three measures from an unidentified work, signed "Arnold Bax / March 2nd, 1933." On a small paper measuring 11 x 6 cm. Scarce.

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11848. Bazzini, Antonio. (1818 - 1897).
Moderato [String Trio] - Autograph Musical Quotation

An impressive detailed AMQS from the influential Italian violinist and composer. Eight measures penned on hand-ruled paper, identified at the beginning as "Moderato" with lines for violin, viola and violoncello, signed at the conclusion "All Gentile Sigra. Contessa Malvezzi / Ferrara 20 Luglio 1847 / A. Bazzini." 27 x 18 cm. Very fine. From the album of Anna Maria Malvezzi. Read More...

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10506. Bazzini, Antonio. (1818 - 1897).
Important Autograph Letter

Autograph letter signed ‘A. Bazzini.’ 4 pp. Paris 5 May, 1862. Addressed "Cher Monsieur," probably to Stephen de la Madeleine, editor of L'univers musical until 1863. A very important letter, rich with biographical information about the influential Italian violinist and composer. Translated in full: "Here it's been already a year that I've promised to come spend an evening with you, but my absence from Paris, intended to be only for 2 weeks, has been prolonged until today, and may even last until next winter! Another example of the proverbial "1 man proposes..." etc. // As I have not forgotten the kind invitation that you made to me, Sir, and because I would like to be able to keep the promise as much as possible...I won't hesitate to send you this letter to recall your friendly memory, and to tell you in a few words what I've been up to since the month of April, 1861. // I was called to Angers and Nantes, where I gave many concerts with success; right away I began a summer tour with Madame Sanchioli [Giulia Sanchioli, b. 1819], celebrated Italian singer; passing through Poitiers, Neort, la Rochelle, then right away the Pyrenées...and giving never fewer than two concerts in each location, frequently three - Success had by all accounts very satisfying; and my association with Mad. Sanchioli ended in October in Bordeaux where she gave many performances at the Theatre and where we were honored at the Soirée of the Grand Festival of St. Cecilia - Mad. Sanchioli left for Nice called to a brilliant engagement, and I was called for numbers of concerts by the directors of the Theatres of Périgueux, Limoges, Angouleme etc.. Then I gave three concerts in Toulouse, a dozen in the towns around there. Then right away I went to Paris where my success was exceptional not only in the different public concerts, but in a bunch of soirées, which were had in the salons of the cosmopolitan aristocracy who spend the winter in the city of Henry IV. In one great house they wanted to hear me three times. My new compositions had a great success during this long peregrination, and amateurs and artists alike wanted to procure them immediately. // I am soon to return to Italy to visit my mother, and I'm planning on being back in Paris in the next winter, where I will be honored to come see you after my arrival. // Please will you have the kindness, dear Sir, having read this long scrawl, to send me a few lines, as you know how to write, to the many readers of the Univers Musical? // I could not be more grateful to you and I am no less aware of your benevolence well known by all artists. // Please accept, dear Sir, the expression of my most distinguished sentiments and believe me your very devoted and obedient servant."

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