Templeton, Alec. (1909-1963)

Signed Program and Signed Photograph

An interesting grouping of items from the blind composer and pianist of Welsh origin, known for his performances of music in the Jazz and Classical traditions.  Included here are two concert programs, an autographed photo, and the envelope in which the photograph and one of the programs were evidently sent.  The signed photograph, an unusual shot of Templeton crouched on the ground and sorting through a shelf of LPs, is mounted to a concert program for his piano recital at Alumni Memorial Auditorium in Knoxville, TN, on Tuesday, March 13, 1945.  A few handwritten annotations appear on the program, noting an encore and that "Artist + audience" began the evening with a performance of The Star Spangled Banner.  Also mounted on the program are two ticket stubs.  Program creased, else fine; photograph still attached to lower edge, else fine. Program is 6.4 x 9.5 inches (16.2 x 24.1 cm), photograph is 5.5 x 3.5 inches (14 x 9 cm)

Also included is a signed program for a Templeton performance at Symphony Hall in Boston, on Sunday, November 11, presumably also from 1945. Written on the right margin of the front page is: "The program from Knoxville must have been misdirected but this from Boston may do – Enclosing picture for [illegible] lovers also/ sincerely Stanley North". Program has four creases from being folded to fit in the aforementioned envelope, but both upper and lower edges are heavily worn. Program is 6 x 11 inches (15.2 x 28 cm) (18286)

Autograph Document
Signed Photograph
Classical Music