Anderson, Marian. (1897–1993)
Manuscript Signed Spiritual, "Crucifixion."
A rare manuscript of one of the most celebrated spirituals, "Crucifixion," boldly penned and signed in fountain pen ink by the great African American contralto who was so closely associated with this song. 1 page, onionskin paper (21.5 x 21.5 cm), boldly signed and dated "June 6th, 1951 Bogota."
"In the entire repertory of spirituals, there is hardly a more vivid and moving musical depiction of the death of Christ than Payne's celebrated arrangement." (Allan Keiler, "Marian Anderson," p. 146)
Anderson was a great favorite of Toscanini and, in 1955, broke the color barrier by becoming the first African-American to perform at the Metropolitan Opera. She remains a legendary figure in the history of opera, remembered for, among other highlights, her Lincoln Memorial concert and her performances at the inaugurations of both Presidents Eisenhower and Kennedy.