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1. Anderson, Marian. (1897-1993).
Signed Photograph.
Attractive image of the great African American contralto with her hands clasped at her side. 8 x 10 inch halftone image within a complete concert program, signed in blue ink across the image. Fine condition.

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.
$175.00
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2. Artôt de Padilla, Désirée. (1835-1907).
Autograph Musical Quotation - "Verdi Prati."
Uncommon AMQS from the great Belgian Soprano who studied with Viardot before going on to win acclaim throughout Europe as one of the greats of her era. On Meyerbeer's recommendation, she starred at the Paris Opera and appeared regularly in Italy, Germany, and England. In 1868 she went to Russia and became friends with Tchaikovsky, who eventually proposed marriage to her. She rejected him and - with tragic consequences - he married another, later saying that Artot was the only woman he ever wanted to marry. Artot eventually married baritone Mariano Padilla and together they produced the soprano Lola Artot de Padilla.

AMQS marked "Aria - Largo / Handel" four measures of Handel's glorious "Verdi prati," from "Alcina," neatly inscribed and signed "D. Artot de Padilla / 9 mai 1889" in purple ink on a card measuring 10 x 8 cm. Fine. Sold.

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3. Auer, Leopold. (1845-1930).
Autograph Signed Letter.
Autograph letter of recommendation from the important violinist and influential pedagogue, teacher of Elman, Heifetz, Milstein, Zimbalist, Parlow, Schumsky and many others! 1 page, dated 8.7.1914. Addressed to Herbert Butler at the American Conservatory in Chicago and sold with the original transmissal envelope. The body of the letter in a slightly different ink from the signature and likely in the hand of secretary, though the signature is of Auer himself. The condition of the letter marred by several large ink stains (the same shade as Auer's signature!), which have been stabbed through, creating two torn areas on the letter.

"After hearing your former pupil, Miss Ruth Ray, two or three times, I have much pleasure in complimenting you on the excellent training you have given her. It is often my misfortune to have much less carefully trained pupils brought to me. After some further study Miss Ray ought to do very well, for I find her very intelligent, and I consider that she will be well worth any support you may be willing to give her."
Leopold Auer spent nearly fifty years in St. Petersburg and exerted a decisive influence on the Russian violin school, following Vieuxtemps and Wieniawski as solo violin at the Imperial Ballet. Arensky, Glazunov, Taneyev and Tchaikovsky wrote their most important violin compositions for him. As for Tschaikovsky’s violin concerto, Auer refused the dedication, declaring it technically awkward and too long! After a few revisions to the violin part, he eventually played this monumental violin work in 1893, shortly before the composer’s death.
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4. [Ballets Russes] Karsavina, Tamar. (1885-1978) [Danilova, Alexandra. (1903-1997)].
Theatre Street - INSCRIBED TO ALEXANDRA DANILOVA.
London: William Heinemann Ltd, 1930. First edition. An extraordinary association copy of the autobiography of Nijinsky's dance partner at the Ballets Russes, inscribed to the inheritor of her mantle, the great ballerina Alexandra Danilova. Her account of her early life at the Imperial Ballet School, and her subsequent career at the Marinsky Theatre and the Ballets Russes. 341 pp. Foreword by J. M. Barrie, plain photographic illustrations, publisher's green cloth, lettered gilt on the spine, inscribed on the front free endpage to Alexandra Danilova: "Dear Choura, whom I remember with love, Tamara." In good shape apart from a tear at the top of the spine and one photo plate page which is separated.

One of the most popular dancers of her time, Danilova was a star at St. Petersburg's Imperial Ballet, with the Ballets Russes under Sergei Diaghilev, and then with the Ballet Russe de Monto Carlo after Diaghilev's death. One of the greatest dancers of her time, she created numerous important Balanchine roles and was an important teacher at the School of American Ballet. When she died at the age of 93 in 1997, her will stipulated a number of bequests to individuals and institutions, and most of her correspondence, notebooks, artwork and memorabilia is now housed at the Library of Congress, Kent State University's Costume Museum, Ohio's Ursuline College and the New York Public Library. The present item is from the personal collection of her goddaughter, one of the ballerina's principal heirs. $3000.00
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5. [Baseball] Abbott and Costello [Abbott, Bud. (1895 - 1974) & Costello, Lou. (1906 - 1959)].
1956 Abbott and Costello Signed "Who's On First?" Record Album.
Abbott and Costello will forever hold a special place in the hearts and minds of all baseball fans by virtue of their classic comedy routine “Who’s on First?” Offered here is an extremely rare signed vintage 1956 RCA Victor 78-rpm recording of their famous routine. The album has been signed in blue ink by both Bud and Lou on the record’s "side 2" label. This particular record was apparently specially produced for the Baseball Hall of Fame, as noted by the printing on the label which reads “Abbott and Costello’s ‘Who’s on First?’ – Presented to National Baseball Hall of Fame Museum – Cooperstown, N. Y. – 1956.” Lou Costello died in 1959, so there was only a very short window for other examples of this 1956 album to possibly be signed. This is one of only a few examples of this extremely rare signed record we have ever seen. The record displays some chipping to a small area along the outer rim, as well as a few minor scratches. In Very Good condition overall. Together with its original brown paper sleeve. $4000.00
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6. Beethoven, Ludwig van. (1770-1827).
Original CDV Portrait.
CDV portrait issued by E. H. Schroeder of Berlin, ca 1890. 6 x 10 cm and in very fine condition. The photograph of the famous drawing by Johann Peter Lyser (Ludwig Peter August Burmeister) which became well-known and was very popular in the 19th century. Sold.

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7. [Beethoven, Ludwig Van. (1770-1827)] Lupas, Louis. (1898-1985).
Large Portrait Pastel Drawing.
Striking large original pastel 20.5 x 25 inches. Signed lower left by the artist and in fine condition. Louis Lupas was widely acclaimed for his pastel portraits of Presidents, politicians, and other high-profile figures. Lupas first honed his drawing skills as an artist for the Herald Tribune's Theatre section and in the 1950s, was convinced by Senator Barry Goldwater to visit Washington D.C., where he was soon solidly engaged creating portraits of high society. He is perhaps most celebrated for his portraits of JFK who sat for him while President, but Lupas also did a series of vivid charcoal portraits of composers which were widely reproduced as prints. The present example is one of his original charcoal works. $1200.00
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8. Bernstein, Leonard. (1918-1990).
New Year's & Christmas Card to Renée Longy.
Small card sending New Year and Christmas wishes to Bernstein's former teacher at Curtis where he studied score reading and ear training with her. Inscribed to her in blue ink "GLOIRE pour '78! / Love, Lenny + Felicia / Xmas '77." Tape remnants around the edges, otherwise fine. $300.00
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9. Bernstein, Leonard. (1918-1990).
Original Shirtless Photograph.
Original 1969 photograph of the great conductor, shown shirtless and staring intently out towards the viewer. Stamped by the photographer, Ken Heyman, on the verso. 10 x 8 inches. Fine. $175.00
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10. [Book Box].
Chinoiserie Style Lacquer Book Form Dressing Box.
Early 20th century book form dressing box decorated with figures and pavilions, the cover hinging to reveal an easel mirror, and the side sliding to reveal two drawers. 4 x 9 1/4 x 7 1/4in. $650.00
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11. Brahms, Johannes. (1833-1897).
Autograph Note on Calling Card.
Autograph Note, in German, on the front of Brahms' engraved visiting card, 50 x 90 mm (3.25 x 2 in), no date. Sold together with a vintage postcard photograph of Brahms. The card creased and with a small slip of paper affixed at the left side. Sold.

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12. Brahms, Johannes. (1833-1897).
Early CDV Photograph.
Original 1867 CDV photograph of the great composer. Stamped at the base and verso by the photographer, J. Löwy, Wien. 6.5 x 10 cm. A few stray marks and scratches, otherwise good condition. Rare from this period. Sold.

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13. Britten, Benjamin. (1913-76).
Signed Photograph.
Semi-glossy 5.25 x 3.5 photo of the English composer/conductor/pianist at his desk, signed and inscribed in ballpoint, “For Michael Robuck from Benjamin Britten, Aldeburgh, 11-9-71.” In fine condition. Sold.

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14. Cage, John. (1912-1992).
"Silence. Lectures and Writings" - SIGNED.
Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 1961. "There is no such thing as an empty space or an empty time. There is always something to see, something to hear. In fact, try as we may to make a silence, we cannot.”

Paperback. 276 pp. Signed and inscribed by the innovative American composer on the half title in blue pencil. Glue showing slightly along the inner front joint with the slightest of separation at ends, water staining on the upper right corner of the covers but generally visible only on the fore edge of the pages and otherwise good. Sold.

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15. Caruso, Enrico. (1873-1921).
Framed Signed Photograph in "Pagliacci."
Vintage signed sepia postcard photograph, the image depicting Caruso standing in a full length pose in costume as Canio from Leoncavallo's "Pagliacci." 3.25 x 5 inches. Photo is affixed on verso to a mount and is framed to an overall size of 9.5 x 11.

Caruso is seen in one of his signature roles. His recording of "Vesti la giubba" was the first record to sell one million copies and this may be the most iconic of all opera photographs. $1500.00
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16. [Caruso, Enrico. (1873-1921)] Cilea, Francesco. (1866 - 1950) .
"GLORIA" - Presentation Copy to Enrico Caruso.
The libretto by Artur Colautti, based on a play by Vitorien Sardou. [8], 263 pp. 4to. 22.5 x 29.5 cm (9 x 11.5 inches). Later full red morocco, spine lettered in gilt, previous owner's name in gilt on front cover, all edges gilt, original wrappers bound in; matching full red morocco slipcase. Presentation inscription from the composer to tenor Enrico Caruso on the half title. From the collection of Jane Hohfeld Galante (1924 - 2010), pianist and music scholar.

Caruso created roles in many of Cilea's operas but was not among the cast of this production. 'Gloria' was Cilea's final opera, opening at La Scala on April 15, 1907 conducted by Arturo Toscanini, and was a box office disaster, closing after only two performances. Perhaps the composer hoped that getting the score into Caruso's capable hands might somehow spark some further interest. $1800.00
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17. Casals, Pablo. (1876-1973).
Autograph Musical Quotation.
Boldly penned AMQS from the great Spanish composer, conductor, and cellist, one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, also well known as a humanitarian. An Autograph Musical Quotation from the Prelude of the 3rd Bach Cello Suite, boldly penned and signed "Pablo Casals / 1925." 7.5 x 6 inches. Two unidentified signatures on the verso showing through slightly, otherwise fine. $500.00
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18. [Casals Trio] Cortot, Alfred. (1877-1962); Thibaud, Jacques. (1880-1953); Casals, Pablo. (1876-1973).
Autograph Signatures.
Autograph album page boldly signed by all three trio members. In fine condition.

"The friends formed their trio in 1905, soon after Casals moved to the Villa Molitor in the Auteuil district of Paris. At first they performed for fun — they enjoyed each other’s company and liked playing tennis together — but in 1906 they expanded to private soirées and in June 1907 they gave three concerts at the Salle des Agriculteurs in Paris. These appearances were so successful that they began to tour Europe as a trio. Their repertoire was small, just 33 works, and in essence amounted to the handful of pieces they recorded, plus Schumann’s Trio in G minor and the two of Beethoven’s Trios, Op. 70. Various other works were played a handful of times or even just once. Their three war-horses were Haydn’s Trio in G major (39 performances), Schubert’s Trio in B flat (49 performances) and Schumann’s Trio in D minor (37 performances). Emanuel Moór wrote a triple concerto and a trio for them. Their last joint performance was given on 27th March 1934 in the music room at Il Leccio in Fiesole, on the hillside above Florence, the home of their friends the Passigli family, who ran Amici della Musica. They played Haydn’s Trio in G major and Mendelssohn’s Trio in D minor. The trio later continued after a fashion, with Pierre Fournier taking the place of Casals, who was now too busy to find the time for a regular chamber music partnership, but in any case the Catalan broke with his two friends over their political stances during World War II, and although he made it up with Cortot, he and Thibaud were never reconciled." (Tully Potter) $500.00
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19. [Chant].
15th Century Illuminated Chant Leaf on Vellum.
A nicely illuminated page from a 15th century gradual, a book of chants for the mass. Red, blue and black ink on vellum, using four-line staves. One page, both sides. Frame 25 3/4 in. x Width: 19 1/4 in. $500.00
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20. Cortot, Alfred. (1877-1962).
Autograph Musical Quotation.
Boldly penned AMQS of three notes accomplished and signed by the great French pianist, who dates it 1924. 7.5 x 6 inches, small stain at upper edge, otherwise in fine condition. $200.00
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