Antheil, George. (1900-1959)
Signed Photograph to Alexander Smallens
Rare signed original 7 x 9 inch photograph of the avant-garde composer, inscribed to the American conductor, Alexander Smallens "with sincere and highest admiration to Alexander Smallens from his friend George Antheil / Jan 22, 1932 / NYC." The photograph by Ruth Asch, stamped on the verso and in very fine condition.
Alexander Smallerns was a Russian-born American conductor. He accompanied the Anna Pavlova Ballet Company on a tour to South America (1915-1916) and worked on the staffs of the Boston Opera, Chicago Opera, Philadelphia Opera, and Philadelphia Orchestra. From 1947 to 1950 he was music director of Radio City Music Hall, New York and for many summers he conducted concerts at Lewisohn Stadium, New York. He conducted the premiere of Thomson's "Four Saints in Three Acts" (1934) and Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess" (1935) among others.