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AMQS dated 27-6-87 from the influential German composer associated with musique concrète instrumentale. From an unidentified work, signed and dated on the verso of a postcard with a printed snippet of music on the recto. Fine.

According to the composer, his is music "in which the sound events are chosen and organized so that the manner in which they are generated is at least as important as the resultant acoustic qualities themselves. Consequently those qualities, such as...Read More.


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8484. [20th Century Composer Musical Quotations] Mennin, Peter. (1923 - 1983).
"Symphony No. 5" - Autograph Musical Quotation

Full-page lengthy AMQS from the Fifth Symphony of of the American composer and teacher, longtime head of the Juilliard School, composer of nine symphonies, several concertos, and numerous works for wind band, chorus, and other ensembles. His students included Jacob Druckman, Richard Danielpour, Karl Korte, Charles L. Bestor, Jack Behrens, and Claire Polin.

Eleven measures from the "Symphony no. 5," marked "Adagio" for Strings and Oboe, signed and inscribed in 1979. On a printed...Read More.


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AMQS from the French composer of Romanian birth who was a founding member of the "Ecole de Paris" and husband of the important pianist Monique Haas. Four measures from his op. 93 "Periples" for small orchestra," boldly signed and dated 1968. On paper mounted to card, 8 x 13 cm. Fine.

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A scarce five-measure AMQS from the Russian composer, neatly penned in blue ink on a slip of manuscript paper, identified as "Allegretto" for Piano and Cello, signed and dated Avril 1931. 12.5 x 4.5 cm. Toned, slightly creased along the left edge, otherwise fine.

Born in Russia, Tcherepnin fled the revolution for Paris in 1921, where he began his career as a composer. Living in Japan and China (1934-1937), he returned to France and then to the U.S. in 1950. His unusual music,...Read More.


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9037. [20th Century Composer Musical Quotations] Tcherepnin, Alexander. (1899-1977).
"Violin Sonata" - Autograph Musical Quotation

A scarce four-measure AMQS from the Russian composer's 1921 Violin Sonata, neatly penned in black ink on a slip of manuscript paper, signed and dated "6/I 1964 NYC." 15.5 x 7 cm. Toned, slightly creased along the left edge, otherwise fine. Together with a similar sheet, signed and inscribed with a quotation in Chinese characters and in English in the hand of Ming Tcherepnin, pianist and teacher and wife of the composer, and with a halftone photograph of the two musicians...Read More.

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3338. [ACADÉMIE DU DISQUE FRANÇAIS].
Important Large Archive

A remarkable collection of letters, photographs and documents concerning the history of recordings in France. Ninety items in all, various sizes, Paris and elsewhere, c.1878-1983.

The Académie du Disque Français was founded in Paris in 1951 by Colette, Maurice Yvain, Jean Fayard, and the poet Guy-Charles Cros, son of the inventor of the phonograph. Its founding president was Arthur Honegger and it included among its ranks other composers, men of letters, such as Cocteau, critics...Read More.


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9764. Abendroth, Hermann. (1883-1956).
Autograph Signature

Boldly penned autograph signature dated 25.11.25 from the great German conductor of the Leipzig Gewandhaus and others. Abendroth was "trapped" in East Germany after the war and signed items by him are scarce.

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Leipzig: Breitkopf & Härtel. 1817. Hard Cover. [1- title for Akustik 1830], [1-blank], [i - first title for Neue Beytra...], [ii-blank], [iii]-xii, [1-errata],[1-blank], 90 pages followed by 11 leaves of plates.

We hypothesize that this oddity is a supplement that was sold to people who already owned the 1802 edition of Die Akustik to bring them current with the 1830 edition. It contains the text of the 1817 supplemental commentary and new, later plates from the 1830 (?) edition. The first leaf is the volume title...Read More.


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4488. [Adgate, Andrew. (1762 - 1793)].
The Pennsylvania Packet, and Daily Advertiser

Philadelphia: Wednesday, March 8, 1786. First edition. An interesting original 1786 newspaper, advertising on the first page one of Andrew Adgate's celebrated vocal concerts. Nicely framed.

"As far as the concert life of Philadelphia is concerned, his Institution deserves lasting credit for he introduced choral concerts in Philadelphia and the fact that about the time of his death and for several years afterwards choral music was cultivated very timidly only, makes his enterprise all the more conspicous." (Sonneck, "Early Concert...Read More.


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9584. [African Americana] Old Dan Tucker. [Emmett, Dan. (1815 - 1904)].
Old Dan Tucker. Written and arranged for the piano forte by Dan. Tucker Jr.

New York: Atwill's, 201 Broadway. [1843]. First edition. Score, upright folio (34 cm). 3 pp. Cover illustrated with a silhouette of African American man leaning on a cane. Spine reinforced with paper, generally toned with some foxing around the edges, small tears and wrinkles along lower edge, else very good. Very rare, OCLC recording two copies only (Brown, Johns Hopkins).

The origins of Old Dan Tucker remain obscure. The tune may have come from oral tradition, but the words (and frequently the music too) are generally credited to...Read More.


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6884. Alain, Jehan. (1911 - 1940).
L' Oeuvre d'Orgue.

Paris: A. Leduc. 1942/3. First edition, second issue. Upright folio. Tome 1. 30 pages. Retaining the printed limitation page for the privately issued first edition for the "Amis de l'Auteur," but with the later secondary copyright of 1943. A very rare publication from three years after the combat death of the influential French organist and composer.


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8017. Alda, Frances. (1879 - 1952).
Signed Photograph

Signed postcard photograph of the glamorous soprano, as seen in an elaborate fur outfit through a mist of snowflakes! Boldly signed with her name alone in black ink. Mounting remnants on verso, else fine. 9 x 14 cm.

A pupil of Marchesi, she was the wife of legendary Metropolitan Opera Manager Gatti-Casazza through most of his tenure and sang 369 performances at the Met , including first performances there of operas such as "Francesca da Rimini", "La Cena delle Beffe","Cleopatra's...Read More.


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Opera

3142. Alfano, Franco. (1875-1954).
Two Original Concert Programs

Two original programs from 1921 and 1922 from peformances directed by the Italian composer and pianist. Both from the Teatro Comunale of Bologna, where Alfano organized concerts for the Youth Orchestra from the local Liceo Musicale. The performances included not only standard works, but also new works by composition students of Alfano. Most of the performances were conducted by alumni of the school, though Alfano is billed as the Director. Both in fine condition and rather unusual.


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Program, unsigned
Opera

215. Amat, Leopold. [Wagner].
Le Muse des Chansons, INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR

Signed broadside, 1852. In an 1857 letter to Liszt, Wagner refers to his contact with Amat in Paris: "This time, however, I want to give you a short synopsis of the state of my Paris expedition. At the beginning of the winter a M. Leopold Amat, Chef or Directeur des Fetes Musicales de Wiesbaden, wrote to me from Paris, and set forth the results of his voluntary exertions for "Tannhauser" (at Wiesbaden with Tichatschek and in the French press). He asked me to authorise him to take...Read More.

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5698. [American Avant-garde] Carter, Elliot. (1908 - 2012) [Thomson, Virgil. (1896-1989)].
Variations for Orchestra - Inscribed to Virgil Thomson

New York: Associated Music Publishers, Inc.. 1957. Small quarto [10-1/2 inches high by 7-1/2 inches wide], softcover bound in printed light tan wrappers. 152 pages. Very good condition, edges of the front wrap slightly darkened, short tear to the surface of the wrap at the spine.

A splendid association copy inscribed on the front wrapper by one leading twentieth-century American composer to another: "To Virgil Thomson / from your friend / Elliott Carter / New York, Jan. 25, 1960". Thomson's circular ownership stamp, "Virgil...Read More.


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5214. [American Avant-garde] Carter, Elliot. (b. 1908).
Signed 1939 Contract for "Heart Not So Heavy as Mine."

Contract from Arrow Music Press for Carter's song "Heart Not So Heavy as Mine" signed "Elliott C. Carter, jr." and by the editor (and composer, conductor), Lehman Engel (1910 -82). 1 page, recto and verso. Hole punches at head, not affecting, and otherwise in very fine condition.

"... hints of Carter's later style can be found in the opposing voices of Heart not so heavy as mine (1938)..." Grove online


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Bold signature on a 1979 first day commemorative postal cover honoring American music. In very fine condition, a rare signature from the U.S.-born composer who lived and worked in Mexico, spending most of his life in relative isolation. Signed Nancarrow material of any kind is very uncommon.

Nancarrow is best remembered for the pieces he wrote for the player piano. He was one of the first composers to use musical instruments as mechanical machines, making them play far beyond...Read More.


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7555. [American Avant-garde] Partch, Harry. (1901 - 1974).
Signed LP Cover Photograph

Rare signed paper LP cover, printed in green, "Plectra & Percussion Dances" released by Partch himself on his own private Gate 5 label, this copy boldly signed and inscribed "To Fred Stitt 9/19/60 Harry Partch." The cover only (no record included), in very fine condition.

Autograph material is very scarce from the American composer and instrument creator who was one of the first twentieth-century composers to work extensively and systematically with microtonal scales. He wrote...Read More.


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5896. [American Avant-garde] Partch, Harry. (1901 - 1974).
"The Bewitched" - Signed and Inscribed

Rare signed double LP set, released by Partch himself on his own private Gate 5 label, this copy signed and inscribed to longtime friends from whom Partch rented a cabin in Santa Rosa, CA: "With love to Bud and all the Zollers, both Palpable and Crypto. Harry - August 16, 1957." The records and the sleeve in very fine condition.

Autograph material is very scarce from the American composer and instrument creator who was one of the first twentieth-century composers to work...Read More.


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Signed 1965 BMI biography/catalogue by the important American composer. 22 pages of biographical information, photographs, musical excerpts and a catalogue of works, signed on the inside front cover over a printed excerpt from his Third Symphony. Very fine. 19 x 22.5 cm.

A musical prodigy, Sessions studied at Harvard University from the age of 14 and subsequently edited the Harvard Musical Review until his graduation four years later. Further studies at Yale were with Horatio...Read More.


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