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).

Blech held many important posts with opera houses in both Germany and Austria throughout his career, including a four-year stint in Riga when, being Jewish, he found himself unable to return to Berlin as conductor at the Staatsoper from a guest engagement in 1937. "[His] operatic repertory was wide. He was especially renowned for his performances of Wagner and Verdi... and was also a fine orchestral conductor, admired for reliability, clarity and elegance, and for his sensitivity as an accompanist... During his lifetime he achieved considerable success with his own operas..." (J.A. Fuller Maitland in Grove Online.) (14741)

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