Rabin, Michael. (1936 – 1972)
Exceedingly rare signed photograph of the masterful prodigy violinist, one of the very greatest of all fiddlers, who died tragically young. 8 x 10 glossy J. Abresch photograph of Rabin with his violin - presumably the 1736 Guarneri renamed ‘the Rabin’ after his death - signed and inscribed to Walter Mantani, conductor of the Midland Odessa Symphony (TX), with whom Rabin performed the Paganini Concerto #1 on December 2, 1961: "To Walter Mantani. A million thanks for your kindness, hospitality and musical collaboration. All best wishes, Michael Rabin / 1961." Slightly trimmed along the upper blank margin, a few light specks to margins, otherwise in fine condition. 8 x 10 inches (20.4 x 25.5 cm). This is one of only a few signed Rabin photographs we have ever offered. A true prize for the collector of violinist autographs!
Included with the photograph are two newspaper clippings on Rabin's life and death, with notes from Mantani about his recollections of encountering Rabin: "When he played with orchestra in Midland he told us his 'medication' fell in toilet by mistake & wanted us to get our drug store or MD to get him more - We realized he was out of whatever he was on..."