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1. Abt, Franz. (1819-1885).
Autograph Letter and Photograph.
Autograph letter from the German composer and influential conductor in the circle of Lortzing, Mendelssohn and Schumann. 1 page, June 2, 1861. Regarding his songs, Op. 212. Tears to two corner and margin, not affecting signature or body of letter. Together with a vintage postcard photograph.

Celebrated especially as a choral conductor, he composed more than 3000 works. "Vocal music was his main interest, especially male choral music, whose impoverished repertory he strove to enrich. His style is popular, his melodies simple and fresh, with a pleasing and varied accompaniment, so that some – like Wenn die Schwalben heimwärts ziehn and Die stille Wasserrose – are easily mistaken for genuine folksong." (Edward Kravitt, Grove Online) $100.00
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2. Alda, Frances. (1879 - 1952).
Signed Photograph.
Signed postcard photograph of the glamorous soprano, as seen in an elaborate fur outfit through a mist of snowflakes! Boldly signed with her name alone in black ink. Mounting remnants on verso, else fine. 9 x 14 cm.

A pupil of Marchesi, she was the wife of legendary Metropolitan Opera Manager Gatti-Casazza through most of his tenure and sang 369 performances at the Met , including first performances there of operas such as "Francesca da Rimini", "La Cena delle Beffe","Cleopatra's Night", "La Fille de Madame Angot","Prince Igor" etc. $165.00
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3. [American Avant-garde] Cage, John. (1912-1992).
Original Photograph with David Tudor and Gordon Mumma.
Original photograph of the influential American composer, shown in preparation for a concert at the University of Colorado Music Hall. "With him are Gordon Mumma, left, whose piece 'Home' was to be performed, and David Tudor, busy with the intricate connections demanded by the maze of electronic equipment for production." 10 x 8 inches, crease upper left corner, else fine. Sold.

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4. [American Avant-garde] Cage, John. (1912-1992) .
Signed Acrostic Tribute.
Original 1988 card stock program, signed by Cage with his full NYC address on the rear cover, beneath an amusing acrostic tribute, printed in purple ink around a vertical printing of the composer's name in blue. In fine condition. 15 x 21 cm. Sold.

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5. [American Avant-garde] Carter, Elliot. (b. 1908).
Signed 1939 Contract for "Heart Not So Heavy as Mine."
Contract from Arrow Music Press for Carter's song "Heart Not So Heavy as Mine" signed "Elliott C. Carter, jr." and by the editor (and composer, conductor), Lehman Engel (1910 -82). 1 page, recto and verso. Hole punches at head, not affecting, and otherwise in very fine condition.

"... hints of Carter's later style can be found in the opposing voices of Heart not so heavy as mine (1938)..." Grove online. $200.00
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6. [American Avant-garde] Carter, Elliot. (b. 1908) [Thomson, Virgil. (1896-1989)].
Variations for Orchestra - Inscribed to Virgil Thomson.
New York: Associated Music Publishers, Inc., 1957. Small quarto [10-1/2 inches high by 7-1/2 inches wide], softcover bound in printed light tan wrappers. 152 pages. Very good condition, edges of the front wrap slightly darkened, short tear to the surface of the wrap at the spine.

A splendid association copy inscribed on the front wrap by one leading twentieth-century American composer to another: "To Virgil Thomson / from your friend / Elliott Carter / New York, Jan. 25, 1960". Thomson's circular ownership stamp, "Virgil Thomson Collections" appears below the inscription.

"Variations for Orchestra" was commissioned by the Louisville Philharmonic Society, Inc. and was first performed by the Louisville Orchestra on April 21, 1956. $1000.00
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7. [American Avant-garde] Partch, Harry. (1901 - 1974).
Original Photographs.
Pair of vintage original photographs of Partch playing his "Cloud Chamber Bowls." 8 x 10 inches and 7 x 8 inches, both fine. Sold.

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8. [American Avant-garde] Partch, Harry. (1901 - 1974).
Signed LP Cover Photograph.
Rare signed paper LP cover, printed in green, "Plectra & Percussion Dances" released by Partch himself on his own private Gate 5 label, this copy boldly signed and inscribed "To Fred Stitt 9/19/60 Harry Partch." The cover only (no record included), in very fine condition.

Autograph material is very scarce from the American composer and instrument creator who was one of the first twentieth-century composers to work extensively and systematically with microtonal scales. He wrote much of his music for custom-made instruments that he built himself, tuned in 11-limit (43-tone) just intonation, one of which Partch can be seen playing on the LP's front side photograph.

Partch's "Dance Satire" The Bewitched, is "one of his longest continuous works of music and perhaps the most successful realization of his ideas about ritual theater, which he hoped in vain to make obsolete the "music drama" of Richard Wagner, to be produced and recorded during Partch's own lifetime. Indeed, The Bewitched has an almost Wagnerian scale, but is wildly different in just about every other way. To what extent can be gauged simply by mentally visualizing one of Partch's characteristic scene settings: 'Visions Fill the Eyes of a Defeated Basketball Team in the Shower Room.'" (John Garvey, "All Music") $375.00
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9. [American Avant-garde] Reich, Steve. (b. 1936).
Signed Card and Photograph.
Signed index card from the American composer, an influential pioneer of minimalist music. Witha snapshot black and white photograph. Sold.

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10. [American Avant-garde] Sessions, Roger. (1896-1985).
Original Photograph with Ralph Shapey.
Original 1972 photograph of the two important American composers collaborating on a manuscript. 10 x 8 inches and in fine condition. Sold.

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11. [American Avant-garde] Wolpe, Stefan. (1902- 1972).
Signed LP Cover.
New York: Esoteric Records. Vintage LP recording, signed and inscribed on the photograph cover by the German-born American composer. ES-530. In fine condition and including the recording itself.

A student of Busoni, Schreker and Webern, in 1938, Wolpe moved to New York City in the United States. During the fifties, he was closely associated with the abstract expressionist painters in New York and hsi students includes Morton Feldman, Ralph Shapey and Charles Wuorinen. His work was radical, but avoided the punctualism of composers such as Pierre Boulez (in his works of 1951–53), instead employing more conventionally expressive gestures. Wolpe developed Parkinson's disease in 1964, and died in New York City in 1972. Elliott Carter commemorated Wolpe with the following comment: "Comet-like radiance, conviction, fervent intensity, penetrating thought on many levels of seriousness and humor, combined with breathtaking adventurousness and originality, marked the inner and outer life of Stefan Wolpe, as they do his compositions." $250.00
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12. Armstrong, Louis. (1901-1971).
Original 1971 Photograph.
An uplifting original closeup headshot photograph of the smiling Satchmo, taken shortly before his death and with an obituary clipping affixed to the verso. 7.6 x 9.3 inches and in overall fine condition. $250.00
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13. Armstrong, Louis. (1901-1971).
Signed Photograph.
Vintage 8 x 10 inch glossy publicity photograph of the great Satchmo with his trumpet in hand, boldly signed and inscribed in green ink and in very fine condition. Sold.

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14. Auric, Georges. (1899-1983) .
Pastorales pour Piano - SIGNED PRESENTATION COPY TO PAUL LAFFITTE.
Paris: Editions de la Sirene, 1920. First edition. Signed and inscribed on the title page: "A monsieur Paul Laffitte / bien cordialement / Georges Auric / Paris 23 octobre 1920. " Wrappers toned, generally fine.

Interesting signed presentation copy from the French composer, a child prodigy who had his first compositions published by age 15 and who, by the time of this early inscription, had already orchestrated and written incidental music for several ballets and stage productions.

The dedicatee of the inscriptin is Paul Laffitte, who in 1917 had founded the influential publishing firm, Editions de la Sirène. It was later chiefly run by Cocteau and Blaise Cendrars and was known in particular for the publication of Cocteau's writings and many musical scores of Stravinsky, Satie and "Les Six," including Auric. $1000.00
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15. Bach, J.S. (1685-1750).
Brandenburgische Konzerte. Faksimile des Autographen. Faksimileausgabe nach dem Autograph Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – Preußische Kulturbesitz, Musikabteilung, Am.B.78 [Brandenburg Concerti, BWV 1046-1051].
Leipzig: C.F. Peters, 1996. Oblong, 33 x 26 cm, 170 pp. Halftone monochrome facsimile of the dedication autograph score—dated 24 March 1721—for Christian Ludwig, Margrave of Brandenburg.

Bach's elegantly penned title "Concerts avec plusieurs instruments" is a somewhat modest description of the concertos to follow, in that many different combinations of instruments and sonorities are exploited, perhaps deliberatly to get the Margrave's attention and approval, not unlike the way Mozart used his Gran Partita to introduce himself to the Viennese public. Sadly the autograph score was left unused in the Margrave's library until his death in 1734, the reason being (it is believed) that he lacked the musicians to perform the concertos. One of the great gems of Western music, in a handsome binding in brown linen with lettering in gold. $285.00
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16. Bach, J.S. (1685-1750).
War Gott nicht mit uns diese Zeit [BWV 14] - FACSIMILE.
Leipzig: Faksimile-Reihe Bachscher Werke und Schriftst, 1971. 2-color collotype of the instrumental and vocal parts in their original format. Scored for hn, 2-ob, 2-vln, va, bc, and SATB chorus. Afterword by Werner Neumann. The facsimile designed to resemble the original, the folder in linen and decorative paper. The box folder that holds the score has shelf and surface wear, bumped corners and marks. The facsimile score is in excellent condition, complete, unmarked. 9 x 14 inches. $100.00
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17. Bach, J.S. (1685-1750).
Das Wohltemperierte Klavier (BWV 846-893).
Leipzig: Breitkopf & Härtel, [1866]. Johann Sebastian Bach's Werke. Herausgegeben von der Bach-Gesellschaft. Erster Theil. 1722; Zweiter Theil. 1744; Anhang. Varianten und Erlauterungen. Engraved throughout. Halftitle; Title; Verzeichniss Der Handscriften und Drucke, Franz Kroll [xiii - xxxv]; Bemerkungen fur den Spieler [xxxvii]; 270 pp. Some browning and foxing, mostly around the outer edges of margins and rarely within the plate. Brown marbled boards, half tan percaline. Wrapper bound in, with the ownership signature of conductor and composer John Bitter (1909 - 1971).

Rare edition of the the Well-tempered Clavier from the first complete edition of Bach's works, published by the Bach-Gesellschaft, founded in Leipzig in 1850 "with the primary intention of producing a collected edition of Bach's works. It grew out of the Bach revival of the early decades of the 19th century that increasingly focused on the composer's great vocal works. These had previously been largely neglected, but several attempts were now made by individuals or publishers to initiate editions of the complete works or of particular groups of works. During the second half of the 18th century Bach's works had been transmitted mainly in manuscript copies, but in the early 19th century, after the dispersions of several great manuscript collections, the need arose to secure his music - now valued as a national heritage - once and for all in reliable editions." Boyd, ed.: J.S. Bach, p. 56-57.

Bach's Well-tempered Clavier (or the 48 Preludes and Fugues) stands at the core of baroque keyboard music and has been a model and inspiration for performers and composers ever since it was written.

John Bitter was a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, PA. He was a student of Artur Rodzinski and Emil Mlynarski for conducting, a student of William Kincaid and Georges Barrere for flute, and a student... [read more] Sold.

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18. [Bach, J.S. (1685-1750)] Bach, Johann Ludwig. (1677 - 1731).
Messa a 8 voci reali e 4 ripiene, coll'accompagnamento di due Orchestre, composta da Giov. Sebast. Bach, Partitura..No. I.
Lipsia [Leipzig]: Breitkopf & Härtel, [1805]. First edition. 57pp. Upright folio. Fine quarter leather. Erroneously published as a work by J. S. Bach, this Mass in G major has been variously attributed to Lotti and Bach's second cousin, J. L. Bach. (Schmieder, Anhang 167). Extremely rare, 5 copies recorded by Worldcat. $1650.00
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19. [Ballet] Diana, Princess of Wales. (1961 - 1997).
Princess Diana, a one-time ballerina, commends the English National Ballet on its 40th anniversary.
TLS, one page, 7.5 x 9.25, Kensington Palace letterhead, March 1990. Diana commends the English National Ballet on the occasion of its 40th anniversary in correspondence later printed in the official program. In full: “In 1950 a great theatrical endeavour was begun under the expert leadership of Anton Dolin and Alicia Markova. First as London Festival Ballet and now as English National Ballet, it has become an international force in the world of classical ballet and this evening pays tribute to this achievement. The Company has grown in stature over the last forty years and has achieved a very high standard which is appreciated by audiences not only in the United Kingdom, but worldwide. Tonight gives us an opportunity to salute the Company’s achievements and triumphs and to wish all the dancers and staff of English National Ballet a very successful and prosperous future.” In fine condition. Accompanied by a copy of the English National Ballet 40th Anniversary Gala program in which this congratulatory message was printed.

Diana was an avid fan of the arts, particularly the English National Ballet, which she generously supported and served as its patron from 1989 until her 1997 death. Diana—who had studied ballet in her youth but was too tall to become a professional dancer—later used her royal status and charity work to enhance the company’s ensemble, and had expressed her personal joy to have simply stood on the same stage as Markova in 1990. Her appreciation of the talents of the English National Ballet, coupled with her own thrill of meeting one of her idols, is displayed through this message. $2800.00
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20. [Ballets Russes].
1940-41 American Tour Program.
Original program from the sixth American tour of the Ballet Russe under the directorship of Colonel W. de Basil. Among others, it features color reproductions on the cover and inside of Natalia Goncharova's striking set designs for "Coq d'Or." 52 pp. Corners a little worn, block separated inside from stiff covers, else fine. Sold.
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