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17666. Brahms, Johannes. (1833–1897).
Serenade für kleines Orchester... Op. 16 - FROM THE COLLECTION OF EDWARD SPEYER

Berlin: N. Simrock. [1876]. First Edition. Serenade für kleines Orchester (Blasinstrumente, Bratschen, Violoncelli u. Bässe) ... Neue, vom Autor revidirte Ausgabe. Partitur. [Full score.] [PN] 6129. Folio. 1f. (title), 3–65 printed music pp. Engraved. Hardcover, black boards with gilt lettering, with ownership name of Speyer to the lower right corner of the front board and pencil ownership signature of Speyer to the title page. Some light foxing throughout; a few light marks and wear to boards; overall fine. 10.5 x 13 inches (26.8 x 33 cm). Read More...

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18593. Brahms, Johannes. (1833–1897).
Carte de Visite Photograph

Early original CDV photograph of the great composer, photographed by Fritz Luckhardt of Wien.  In very fine condition.  2.5 x 4 inches (6.4 x 10.7 cm.).

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18552. Brahms, Johannes. (1833–1897).
Autograph Letter to Felix Hecht - "The wine and I both arrived here yesterday"

Autograph letter in German, signed “J. Brahms,” one page, 5 September, 1889 [Vienna]. Addressed to his friend, Felix Hecht in Mannheim, humorously thanking him for a gift of wine, announcing a trip to Hamburg which will keep him away from said gift, and sending his "energized" greetings.  Karten-Brief format, in fine condition, addressed and postmarked on the verso, measuring 5 x 6 inches [128 x 155 mm] when open. Verso reinforced with archival tape along the crease, else fine. Sold separated from but together with the original Charles Hamilton Autographs mat presentation with a reproduction colorized portrait surrounded by green velvet. Briefwechsel, Volume 7, p. 226.  Read More...

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19919. Brahms, Johannes. (1833–1897).
Printed Visiting Card with Autograph Note

Original engraved printed visiting card of the great composer, giving his name and address "Johannes Brahms / IV. Karlsgasse 4." in printed script, inscribed with nine lines in the composers's hand.  Dated 8 May, 1889, to an unidentified recipient, the note begins on verso, translated from the German: "Thank you very much for thinking of me so kindly at the Wartburg!  I recently forgot to mention that I am going to Ischl for the summer - unfortunately your 'mountain trips' will not take you there!? - Hopefully the question mark applies."  In lieu of signing, he has underlined his name in printed script on the front of the card.  In very fine condition.  3.4 x 2.25 inches (8.6 x 2.7 cm.). Read More...

19917. [Brahms, Johannes. (1833–1897)].
Engraved Visiting Card

Original engraved printed visiting card of the great composer, giving his name and address "Johannes Brahms / IV. Karlsgasse 4." in printed script. Light toning, else fine.  3.5 x 2.15 inches (8.9 x 5.5 cm.).

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17184. Brahms, Johannes. (1833–1897).
"Sind es Schmerzen, sind es Freuden" from "Die schöne Magelone" - Autograph Musical Quotation

Autograph musical quotation in the hand of the great composer, who has penned the opening three measures of his lied "Sind es Schmerzen, sind es Freuden" from "Die schöne Magelone", inscribed and signed "Johannes Brahms." From the album of Bertha Von Suttner (1843-1914), winner of the 1905 Nobel Peace Prize. In fine condition.  2.25 x 3.5 inches (9.3 x 5.6 cm). Read More...

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11796. Brahms, Johannes. (1833–1897).
Serenade D dur für grosses Orchester...Op.11, [score],

Leipzig: Breitkopf & Härtel. [1860]. First Edition. First edition of the full score, 217 pages, 8vo (c.25.4 x 16.3cm), priced at 5 Thlr. 15 Ngr., lithographed title and music, plate number 5361. Blue printed wrappers a little wrinkled and with some small tears around the edges, first few leaves with chipping along the outer edge, overall very good. Kurt Hofmann, Die Erstdrucke der Werke von Johannes Brahms (Tutzing, 1975), pp.24-25. Read More...

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14657. Brahms, Johannes. (1833–1897).
Brahms on his Deathbed - Original Photograph

A moving original photograph of the great composer on his deathbed, as photographed by Eugen von Miller zu Aichholz. Brahms is seen from the left side resting peacefully in bed, with a few flowers strown around his head and shoulders. The photograph has been tipped to a cardboard mount loosely covered in dark red velvet. A few very light scuffs to the surface of the photograph; overall wear to the velvet mount, with toned tape repair to the verso; photograph otherwise in fine condition. Photograph 4 7/8 x 3.5 inches (12.4 x 9 cm), mounted to 7 x 7 inches (18 x 18 cm). Read More...

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16268. [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...

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15377. Brahms, Johannes. (1833–1897).
Brahms' Death Announcement

A printed black-bordered document announcing the death of Johannes Brahms on April 3, 1897. Published by the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Vienna, of which Brahms was the honorary president, the document gives notice of his funeral, to be held on April 6, 1897. 11.5 x 9 inches (29 x 23 cm). Read More...

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15754. [Brahms, Johannes. (1833–1897)].
Announcement of Brahms' Death

A printed black-bordered document announcing the death of Johannes Brahms on April 3, 1897. Published by the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Vienna, of which Brahms was the honorary president, the document gives notice of his funeral, to be held on April 6, 1897.  Read More...

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18577. Brahms, Johannes. (1833–1897) & Speyer, Edward. (1839–1934).
Announcement of the 1811 Napoleon Festival in Erfurt - SIGNED

A rare document in the history of classical music: the surviving 1811 program of the Napoleon Festival in Erfurt, formerly owned and treasured by Johannes Brahms, and presented by the composer to his friend Edward Speyer on October 3, 1895. The program bears Brahms' inscription and signature in ink along the full height of the left margin: "Herrn Edward Speyer zur frdl. Erinnerung an Meiningen 1895 (auch ein Musik- und ein Napoleon-fest! | Johannes Brahms." (To Mr. Edward Speyer, in friendly remembrance of Meiningen 1895—itself a music and Napoleon festival! Johannes Brahms.) The program gives the full concert program on page one, followed by three pages providing the details of the performers, including directors, instrumental soloists and orchestra players, soloist singers and chorus members. Paper, watermark "B", 4 pages, single bifolium, 8.75 x 14.25 inches (22.5 x 36.5 cm) folded. Foxed and stains, creasing with small tears at edges, but autograph very bright and clear and otherwise in fine condition. We have not traced any other examples of this program appearing in the trade or in any library holdings. The present copy, enhanced by the extraordinary inscription, is a great rarity indeed.  Read More...

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19655. [Brahms, Johannes. (1833–1897)] Barrymore, Lionel. (1878–1954).
Signed Letter with Rare Photograph of Brahms in Austria

Typed letter signed by actor Lionel Barrymore to pianist Gustave Becker, incorrectly addressing him as "Professor Decker" and complimenting him on a recent performance as part of the radio program Life Begins at 80.  April 8, 1949.  Barrymore writes, in part, "Just a short note to express my great appreciation for your two splendid piano renditions last Sunday evening...As you may know, I am a music lover and since one of your selections was by Brahms, I thought you might enjoy having the enclosed snap of the Composer taken in 1844 [sic]."  Horizontal mailing fold, else in fine condition.  6 x 7.75 inches (15.2 x 19.7 cm.).  Together with a photocopy of a profile on Becker from the February 4, 1940 Sunday Journal-Herald entitled "Gustave L. Becker: Pianist and Composer Who Knew Brahms." From the collection of the grandson of Gustave L. Becker (1861–1959). Read More...

14695. Brahms, Johannes. (1833–1897) [Beckerath, Willy von. (1868–1938)].
"Johannes Brahms at the Piano" - Signed Framed Print

Lithograph print, 20th century, of Willy von Beckerath's well-known color portrait. Signed by Beckerath with a monogram at the lower left corner. Brahms is shown playing the piano with one hand crossing over the other, while smoking one of his signature cigars. Sight size 18 x 23 inches. Framed. Read More...

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14656. [Brahms, Johannes. (1833–1897)] Böhler, Otto. (1847–1913).
Vienna Scene - Silhouette Image

Original jumbo cabinet photograph, ca. 1900, of a Vienna scene as captured by the noted Austrian silhouette artist Otto Böhler. The image shows a busy scene at Vienna's Albrechtsplatz (now Albertinaplatz), with groups of Viennese opera-goers, celebrities and other passers-by strolling or chatting around the Mozart memorial. Among the figures is the recognizable portly form of Johannes Brahms, strolling alone at the center of the image, and a few steps behind, Johann Strauss. Down at the right corner, we spy Engelbert Humperdinck and Enrico Caruso. The Wiener Staatsoper was completed at Albrechtsplatz in 1866, and the Mozart memorial was installed there in 1896 (it now stands in the Burggarten.) Photographic reproduction as part of a series of "Dr. Otto Böhler's Schattenbilder" by R. Lechner of Vienna, and on the photographer's card. A few light surface scratches, slight dent to one corner, and some scratches on the verso; overall in fine condition. 9.75 x 7.25 inches (24.8 x 18.3 cm). Read More...

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Bronze portrait medal of the composer by Austrian medalist Arnold Hartig (1878–1972). Brahms is shown in a straight-on relief portrait with his name and dates around the edge. Verso blank. 3 inches (76 mm). Niggl 392a. Fine.

From the collection of musical medals formed by Paul Niggl and which served as the basis for his book Musiker Medaillen (Darmstadt, 1965). The collection remained intact after Niggl's death, was offered for sale as a single lot by Spink & Son in 1998.


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20502. Brahms, Johannes. (1833–1897) [Henschel, George (1850–1934)].
"For once in a way Simrock is right!" - Autograph Letter to George Henschel

Autograph letter in German, signed “JB,” one page, postmarked Vienna, April 18,1894. Addressed to his close friend George Henschel, musician of many talents who was a great conductor, composer, and baritone and playfully mentioning the music publisher Fritz Simrock in Berlin.  In full: "Dear Friend / For once in a way Simrock is right! I am not in the least and not by a long way, the only one who is rejoicing in your coming. Welcome! Hotel Tegetthof, Vienna, 1 Johannes Street, I can recommend. So goodbye 'til our next happy meeting. / Yours, JB".  Minor losses and wear to edges; overall fine.  5 x 6.25 inches (12.7 x 15.9 cm.). Read More...

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4142. [Braille Music] Jenkins, Edward. W..
Primer of Braille Music.

Louisville, Kentucky: American printing house for the blind. 1960. New Revised Edition. "Authorized for publication by the AAIB-AAWB Braille Authorty, based on decisions recorded at the international conference on Braille Music Paris 1954...as set forth in the revised international manual of braille music notation 1956." 111 pp. In fine condition.

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10760. Brailowsky, Alexander. (1896-1976).
Early Signed Photograph

Early signed Wilensky of Buenos Aires photograph of the Russian pianist who studied with Leschetizky and Busoni and who was famed in particular for his Chopin cycles. Signed and inscribed and dated Buenos Aires, 1936. 8.5 x 11.5 cm and in very fine condition.

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16112. Brailowsky, Alexander. (1896-1976).
Signed Photograph

Signed photograph of the Russian pianist who studied with Leschetizky and Busoni and who was famed in particular for his Chopin cycles. He has inscribed and signed "Sacha" at the lower right, dating November 1950. Toning; mounting remnants to verso; heavily buckled (could be flattened). Overall very good. 8 x 10 inches (20 x 23.7 cm).

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