[Barber, Samuel. (1910-1981)] Auden, W.H. ( (1907–1973)
Birthday Invitation addressed to Samuel Barber, with autograph musical notations
Printed bifold 1962 invitation to the Birthday Party of British-American poet W.H. Auden, addressed in Auden's hand to "Mr. Samuel Barber" at the head in ink and annotated by Barber in pencil with musical rhythms and some calculations on the verso, the inside being blank and thus easily displayed open so both sides are visible. In fine condition, a remarkable association.
Barber first met Auden in New York in 1940 and had discussed a possible text for an aria, which never came to fruition. He later wrote two of the translations for Barber's "Hermit Songs" (1953), the "The Monk and his Cat" being surely one of the classic American art songs of its kind.