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19021. [Bizarre] Nathan, Charles W..
Bizarre Gavotte

New York: K. Dehnhoff. [ca. 1890]. Upright folio.  4 pp.  Lithograph.  Composed by C.W. Nathan, dedicated to Miss Florence Clinton.  Pages fully separated at spine, extensive wear to edges with losses, lower left corner separated but present, else good.  11 x 14 inches (27.9 x 35.6 cm.).

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7486. Bizet, Georges. (1838-1875).
Les Pecheurs des Perles - Important Signed Presentation Copy

The printed first edition score of his first opera Les Pecheurs des Perles [The Pearl Fishers], arranged by the composer for piano and voices, paginated 1-210 [but in fact 214 pages, as the numbers 85-88 have been repeated]. 4to, bound in roan backed boards, gilt title and bands on spine. Published by Choudens, Paris, n.d. [1863]. Signed and Inscribed on the dedication page in French to the tenor Francois Morini, who sang the major role of Nadir in the first production (and who is listed on the following printed Personages page): "A Nadir Morini - faible témoignage de reconnaissance, d'estime et d'amitié Georges Bizet." Read More...

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9320. Bizet, Georges. (1838-1875).
Carmen. Opéra Comique en 4 actes. Tiré de la nouvelle de Prosper Merimée. Poème de H. Meilhac et L. Halévy. HAND PAINTED SET DESIGNS FROM THE PREMIERE

Paris: Choudens Père et Fils. [1875]. Four elaborately hand painted lithographs illustrating the original scenic designs for the 1875 first production of Bizet's "Carmen." Each measuring 25.8 x 18.8 cm, mounted to larger sheets and contained in the original publisher's wrappers featuring an ornate cover design, 34.5 x 27 cm. A printed ticket affixed to the upper front wrapper reads "N.B. Aussitot apres la premier representation nous renvoyer par poste franco ce Modele des Decors CHOUDENS Pere et Fils 30, Boulevard Ces Capucines." Read More...

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An extraordinary series of autograph Letters to the French Impresarios André Charlot and Jean Charlot, organizers of the 1,000th performance of Carmen at the Opéra-Comique on December 23, 1904. The Charlots solicited acknowledgements of the opera's importance from leading composers and librettists prior to the performance, and the present collection includes responses to this solicitation from Alfred Bruneau, Gustave Charpentier, Vincent D'Indy, Théodore Dubois, Engelbert Humperdinck, Gabriel Pierné, Giacomo Puccini, Camille Saint-Saëns, and the opera's co-librettist, Ludovic Halévy. Most of the letters are dated November, 1904. Read More...

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12065. Björling, Jussi. (1911-1960).
Childhood Photograph

Rermarkable very early photograph the great Swedish tenor, regarded by many as the greatest tenor in history. 6 x 4 inches. Ink smudge and a few small tears to front, verso with numerous notations and press stamps, the earliest dated 1929. Read More...

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8339. Björling, Jussi. (1911-1960).
Signed Photograph

A rare signed 8 x 10 inch photograph from the great Swedish tenor, regarded by many as the greatest tenor in history. Vintage glossy RCA promotional bust portrait, boldly signed and inscribed and dated 1948. Slight smudging, barely affecting the actual autograph which is bold and clear.

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18265. Björling, Jussi. (1911-1960).
Signed Photograph

Signed bust portrait publicity photograph of the great Swedish tenor, regarded by many as the greatest tenor in history. Signed with his name alone with the year 1946. 8 x 10 inches. A few very light surface creases, overall a fine example.

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2281. Blake, Eubie. (1887 - 1983) .
Eighty-Six years of Eubie Blake, SIGNED

LP record cover, boldly signed and inscribed on the front cover photograph portrait and dated 1970.

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Jazz

18660. Blake, Quentin. (b. 1932) [Peter and Josie Holton, editors].
"Quote and Unquote" - Signed Book

London: Arcadia Press. 1970. First. Signed copy of this amusing collection of pithy sayings, illustrated by Blake and signed by him on the title page opposite one such illustration, this page inscribed additionally by the volume's editors, Peter and Josie Holton, "For Alan/ To my favourite songwriter with love." 152 pp. 5 x 9.2 inches [13 x 23 cm].  Hardcover, as issued with gilt-stamped paper over boards and without jacket. Covers somewhat dampstained, a little musty overall, light impressions and marks to endpages, else fine. Read More...

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17514. Blakey, Art. (1919–1990).
Blakey in Paris - Cover Art Slick Proof

Original proof of the cover art for Art Blakey's 1961 hard bop album Blakey in Paris, from the collection of jazz photographer and cover designer Burt Goldblatt. Blakey is shown in a close-up photograph singing at the left, with text on a bold red background on the right. 14.5 x 15 inches (37 x 38 cm). Read More...

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14741. Blech, Leo. (1871-1958).
Autograph Musical Sketchleaf

Signed sketchleaf of manuscript music from the noted German conductor and composer. He has penned eighteen measures of music for piano over two systems, the measures numbered above with further empty measures numbered at the end of each stave, and has signed ("Blech") at the lower right. On the music direction letterhead of the Königliche Schauspiele, with staves ruled in pencil. Partially split along two large folding creases, with several other small edge tears and light toning; overall in good condition. 11.5 x 8.75 inches (29.3 x 22.3 cm). Read More...

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1754. "Blind Tom." [Bethune, Thomas. or Wiggins, Thomas.] (1849-1908).
Rare Autograph Signature and 1866 Portrait Lithograph

An extremely rare autograph from the remarkable blind African-American concert pianist. A signed card with a note on the verso from one of his managers, W.R. Northrup, noting that this is the first time Tom has tried to write and that he guided his hand. Examples of Tom's "mark" appear on the market from time to time, but this is the first true autograph we have ever seen available. Sold together with a complete 1866 issue of Harper's Weekly which includes a fine portrait of "The Celebrated Negro Pianist." Read More...

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11008. Bliss, Arthur. (1891 - 1975).
Signed Photograph

Signed original doublweight Jane Bown portrait photograph of the important English composer, a schoolmate of Ralph Vaughan-Williams who was prolific in all styles and wrote the music for the great H.G. Wells inspired film "Things to Come." While in the US for a holiday, the Second World War broke out. and Bliss initially stayed in America, teaching at the University of California, Berkeley. He made the hazardous Atlantic crossing to England in 1941 and became director of music at the BBC from 1942 - 1944. 15.5 x 20 cm. Light silvering around the edges, and a light vertical crease, else fine.

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20104. Blitzstein, Marc. (1905–1964).
Signed Photograph

Scarce signed Friedman-Abeles photograph of the American composer, lyricist and librettist, who has inscribed "For Walter, / from Marc" in blue ballpoint.  Photographer's stamp to verso.  In very fine condition.  8 x 10 inches (20.4 x 25.4 cm). Read More...

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20105. Blitzstein, Marc. (1905–1964).
Original Photograph

Handsome early doubleweight portrait photograph of the American composer, lyricist and librettist.  In very fine condition.  8 x 10 inches (20.4 x 25.4 cm). Read More...

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16857. 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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10340. Blitzstein, Marc. (1905–1964).
"The Cradle Will Rock" - Signed Revival Playbill

Original Playbill from the 1947 Broadway revival of The Cradle Will Rock, signed to cover by Blitzstein, the composer, lyricist, and librettist.  An original ticket stub and performance sheet have been affixed to the first page.  32 pp.  Cover is split along lower portion of spine, otherwise in fine condition.  6.5 x 9 inches (16.5 x 22.9 cm.). 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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14728. Bloch, Ernest. (1880-1959).
Typed Letter Signed to "Pult und Taktstock" Magazine

An interested typed letter signed from the Swiss-born American composer, known for his compositions inspired by Jewish music and for his tenure as director of the Cleveland Institute of Music. October 4, 1924. On letterhead of the Cleveland Institute, Bloch writes to the editors of the Austrian magazine for conductors "Pult und Taktstock" ("Music stand and Baton"), declining to write an article because he is busy, but hoping that "in the future sometime I shall be able to send you something. In the meantime I want to tell you that I agree fully with your splendid ideas. It is very important that all striving musicians of the world should come in contact with one another." Hole-punched, with some notes in colored pencil at the foot; overall in fine condition. 6 x 9.5 inches (15.2 x 24 cm).

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21205. Bobesco, Lola. (1921–2003).
Autograph Letter Signed to Colonel George Magherescu written on the occasion of her father's death.

Rare ALS from the Belgian violinist, a child prodigy who became internationally known as a teenager and whose virtuosity and pure lyrical expression earned her a place among the top international female performers, to Romanian Colonel George Magherescu.  September 25, 1982; 2 pp. Seiguelay, August 27, 1933.  The letter, written in Romanian, is mostly untranslated but begins rather strikingly: "I received everything you could tell me about my father's death. / Thank you so much for taking such an objective attitude. / I have nothing to do with Sna. Cic Bobescu anymore."  Tape remnants along left edge, else in fine condition. 7 x 10 inches (18x 25 cm).  Read More...

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