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1. Antheil, George. (1900-1959).
Bad Boy of Music - Signed and Inscribed with Autograph Musical Quotation
Garden City: Doubleday Doran, 1945. Signed presentation copy from the composer, inscribed: “For Maxine --- With the very best thoughts of the recalcitrant author - George Antheil / Hollywood - 1946.” Antheil has added an AMQS from his 4th Symphony as a part of his inscription. Very good copy with the original owner Ex-Libris plate opposite the dedication page, a bit of dust soiling and slight edge wear, without dust jacket. 378 pp.

The memoirs of the composer with much on his adventures in Paris in the 1920s with James Joyce, Gertrude Stein, etc. The 4th Symphony was finished in 1944 and dubbed “42”. Leopold Stokowski premiered the work at Carnegie Hall on February 13th, 1944 with the NBC Symphony. $675
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2. [Bal des 4'Z'Arts] Rapin, Henri. (1873 - 1939).
1911 Bal des Quat'z'Arts Ticket
Paris: Imprimerie Modern Style. P. Marmy. Oversize elaborate printed invitation to the 1911 Bal des Quat'z'Arts. The design by the French painter, illustrator and decorator H. Rapin, featuring a highly stylized illustration on Babylonian themes. 19 x 33 cm. Dampstained along the lower edge, left edge and upper margin chipped with a few small losses, else fine.

The annual Parisian "Four Arts Ball" was first held in 1892 in Montmartre and continued through 1966. Originally organised by Henri Guillaume, the "riotous Saturnalia" was held particularly for the students of the four branches of architecture, painting, sculpture, and engraving of the École des Beaux-Arts. The present ticket invites you "By order of the all-powerful Kats-Sar: King of Kings...to pass the night in Babylon...in the latest Assyrian style (690 BC)." Beginning at 10 at the Palais, Temples with "suspended gardens open for the use of the 2 sexes" moving in procession at 12:30 to a feast and "distribution of champagne to the destitute," then at at 3:14 (!) to an "unexpected attack on the city: Massacre, horrors...etc...ballet" and finally at 7 "for those who can, one is requested not to abandon the drunkards." $600
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3. Beach, Amy. (1867 - 1944).
"Improvisations for Piano & Orchestra" - Autograph Musical Quotation
An unusual AMQS from the most prominent female composer of her time, one of the first women composers to write in the larger forms and to receive genuine recognition abroad, and the first prominent American woman musician to receive all her training in the United States. Four boldly penned bars of music, "From 'Improvisations for Piano & Orchestra'", inscribed and signed "Mrs. H.H.A. Beach / New York, March 1st / 1941." Three hole punches along the left edge not affecting the writing, overall fine and measuring 6 x 4.5 inches. Together with a halftone photograph with library stamps along the lower edges. $400
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4. Beecham, Sir Thomas. (1879 - 1961).
Original Photograph
Original 1959 photograph of the dynamic and celebrated British conductor as he arrived at the London Airport on the eve of his 80th birthday. In very fine condition. 20.5 x 25.5 cm. $85
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5. Berlin, Irving. (1888-1989) & Merman, Ethel. (1908-1984).
Original Photograph
Original doubleweight photograph of the composer and the star of his "Call Me Madam." Dated 1953 on the verso, with stamps and labels, overall fine condition. 24 x 17 cm. Fine. Sold.

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6. Berlin, Irving. (1888-1989).
Signed Photograph ensemble with American Soldiers
Two original 8" x 10" photos of the beloved American songwriter relaxing and making music with American soldiers, together with three other photographs not including Berlin, one of which identifies the group as the "Officers Of The 82nd N.C.B. March 1944." Berlin has signed his name in black fountain pen ink "Irving Berlin" to a light area of the image of him playing the piano. 9 1/2" x 7 1/2" and 8" x 6". Some water damage, else fine. $475
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7. Berlin, Irving. (1888-1989).
“Songs from Irving Berlin’s ‘Alexander’s Ragtime Band" - SIGNED PRESENTATION COPY
Bound music book entitled, “Songs from Irving Berlin’s ‘Alexander’s Ragtime Band,’” 9 x 12, 180 pages, signed and inscribed on the second free end page, “To Phyllis Arthur, best wishes from Irving Berlin.” Autographic condition: fine, with some light toning and soiling to signed page. Brownish-grey paper covers with a cloth-covered spine; front sunned; creasing to edges (mostly at corners); spine-edges rubbed, with several tears in cloth; cloth at spine-tail folded up; slightly yellowed and soiled. In a very nice custom-made brown cloth-covered case with a black leather title piece and beautiful marbled paper lining. $1600
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8. Berlioz, Hector. (1803-1869).
L’enfance du Christ = Des Heiland’s Kindheit : trilogie sacrée : texte français et allemand, œuvre 25 / paroles et musique de Hector Berlioz ; transcrite par A. Méreaux et Th. Ritter ; paroles françaises, avec traduction allemande de P. Cornelius.- FIRST EDITION USED BY BOLLY
Paris: S. Richault, [1855]. First Edition. 8vo. Title (v.b.); Text pp. [1] - 12; Nota [1]; 2 - 187 pp. Lithographed. [PN] 11607 R. Variant first edition of the Piano and Vocal score, this copy signed at the head of the title "L. Bolly," with his markings in pencil throughout, and with a laid-in complete program from a 9 January, 1881 performance ("12me Concert du Chatelet" ) of the work conducted by Ed. Colonne and featuring Bolly in the role of the Récitant. Blue cloth, Bolly stamped at lower spine, edges fraying, signatures loose and shaken. Hopkinson 56D (a).

The series of performances at which this score was used was documented by Berlioz's close friend and perhaps his staunchest supporter in the press (Journal des débats), the French opera composer Ernest Reyer (1823 - 1909). In his review (FEUILLETON DU JOURNAL DES DÉBATS, 30 January, 1881), he singles out Bolly for his fine performance: "Mais voici un jeune débutant dont je lisais le nom pour la première fois sur un programme de concert, et qui m’a fort surpris par la façon tout à fait remarquable dont il a chanté la partie du Récitant, par l’accent de naïveté mystique qu’il a donné au premier air surtout qui est une des pages les plus délicieuses, les plus caractéristiques de l’ouvrage. Ce débutant, qui n’a la voix ni très forte ni très étendue, se nomme M. Bolly, et il est élève du Conservatoire. Je lui fais mon sincère compliment, et, tout jeune qu’il est, je pourrais le citer comme exemple à plus d’un chanteur expérimenté." $1600
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9. Bernstein, Leonard. (1918-1990).
Autograph Musical Quotation, "Maria."
Fine and boldly penned AMQS from the American composer and conductor, two measures ("Ma-ri-a") on a single musical staff, from his West Side Story (1957). Irregularly trimmed along the left side, but very attractive and otherwise in very fine condition. $850
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10. ["Black Swan"] Greenfield, Elizabeth. (1824 - 1876).
1852 Utica Vocal Concert Playbill
Daily Gazette Office, Utica, NY: R. Forthway & Co., Printers, 1852. CONCERT HALL. / THE BLACK SWAN, Under the entire direction and management of Col. J. H. WOOD, late Proprietor of Wood's celebrated Museum, Cincinnati, Ohio, assisted by PROF. HOBSON, WILL GIVE A GRAND VOCAL CONCERT, At Concert Hall, Utica, on MONDAY EVENING, JANUARY 12, 1852. Original program for a recital by Elizabeth T. Greenfield "The Black Swan" in Utica, NY. 2 pp. Printed on fragile paper, a few nicks to edges and light creasing, but otherwise very well-preserved. No copies recorded by OCLC.

Dubbed "The Black Swan", Elizabeth T. Greenfield was first in a lineage of African American women vocalists to earn national and international acclaim. Born a slave in Natchez, Mississippi, her owner relocated to Philadelphia, freed Greenfield, and paid for voice lessons for her. She made her professional singing debut in Buffalo, New York, in 1851, shortly after the highly publicized Jenny Lind tour. Mimicking Jenny Lind's sobriquet, the "Swedish Nightingale," a Buffalo reviewer dubbed Greenfield "the Black Swan," a name that remained for many years. As contemporary newspaper reviews reflect, critics attributed Greenfield's sell-out performances in upstate New York and Massachusetts to the novelty of an African-American opera singer and the area's support for abolition as much as to her singing abilities. Soon after her debut, she obtained a performance contract with Col. J.H. Woods, a white promoter who had operated a P.T. Barnum-style museum in Cincinnati. As an African American musician with slavery in her past, she sang what many Americans understood to be “white” music (opera arias, sentimental parlor song, ballads of British Isles, and hymns) from the stages graced by touring European prima donnas on other nights, with ability to sing in a low vocal range that some heard as more typical of men than women. In February... [read more] $1800
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11. Brahms, Johannes. (1833-1897).
Signed Cabinet Photograph
Cabinet photograph, signed by the German romantic composer and pianist. Light sepia-tone, a head and shoulders image of the famous composer shown in semi-profile in this 1894 photograph by Rudolf Krziwanek, signed at the lower portion of the image in dark black ink, "Johannes Brahms". 10.8 x 16.4 cm [4.25 x 6.5 inches]. End of the signature somewhat faded, toning to the mount, overall very good condition.

Brahms - though an autograph collector himself - disliked the notion of his signature being collected. He rarely signed photographs (and if so, usually on the verso), signed many letters with his initials only, and the present fully signed example is a rarity indeed. Sold.

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12. Brahms, Johannes. (1833-1897) & Bülow, Hans Von. (1830-1894).
Original Cabinet Photograph with Von Bülow
Original 1889 cabinet photograph of the great composer with his friend, the pianist and conductor Hans von Bülow. Approx. 4 x 6.7 inches. Issued by Karl Klauser in Farmington, Conn. Sold.

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13. Brahms, Johannes. (1833-1897) & Strauss II, Johann. (1825 - 1899).
Original Cabinet Photograph
Large cabinet photograph of the German romantic composer and pianist standing with the famed Austrian composer who developed the waltz in the form and style we associate with the family name. Light sepia-tone, a wonderful original example of this 1894 photograph by Rudolf Krziwanek taken at Bad Ischl. 10.8 x 16.4 cm [4.25 x 6.5 inches]. Fine.

"Brahms also became a regular feature of the lavish parties Johann Strauss produced at his Biedermeier-style villa in Ischl. Strauss was happy to accept the friendship of the distinguished symphonist." (Jan Swafford, "Johannes Brahms: A Biography," p. 558) Sold.

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14. Brahms, Johannes. (1833-1897).
Autograph Letter to Simrock during the preparation of the first Brahms Catalog
Autograph letter in German, signed “JB,” one page, 5.25 x 3, February 3, 1887. Addressed to his publisher, Fritz Simrock in Berlin, criticizing the section devoted to his Paganini Variations in the Brahms Catalog then in preparation. In part: “If my misgivings concerning the variations are clear to you, and if you agree [with them] even to some degree, then I urgently request that you not delay the alteration, [that you] not publish the catalog without them! With the Paganini Variations, for example, it must surely be laughable. Between ourselves, I believe Bulow is about to sign with Pollini and additionally to take over the concerts in Bremen, for one year in the first instance. Then nothing would come of Berlin. He is in excellent spirits, is doing marvelous work, and gave us a fine evening yesterday in the Tonkunstler-Verein.” In fine condition, with some brushing to ink. Matted and framed with a reproduction portrait.

"Brahms raised the question of Simrock's proposed Brahms catalog in a letter of 23 January 1887: 'In case you still have your whim about the Brahms Catalog, will you in any case let me see a sample before you send it to press or publish it? Only a sheet....' At this point Simrock apparently had already engraved much of the volume, leaving Brahms to wonder in his next letter just how much could still be changed to suit his tastes....Criticism of specific aspects of the project followed in four letters to Simrock written during February 1887." (George Bozarth, Wiltrud Martin, "The Brahms-Keller Correspondence," p. 96)

Brahms's "Variations on a Theme of Paganini" Op. 35, is a work for piano composed in 1863 and is based on the Caprice No. 24 in A minor by Niccolò Paganini. Intended to be more than simply a set of theme and variations, each variation also has the characteristic of a study. Described as "a legend in the piano... [read more] Sold.

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15. Brahms, Johannes. (1833-1897).
Early Cabinet Photograph
Original ca. 1870 photograph of the great composer. Stamped at the base and verso by the photographer, Fritz Luckhardt, Wien. Approximately 4 x 6 5/8 inches, trimmed to the left and right sides affecting mostly the mount and none of the image, otherwise good condition. Rare from this period. Sold.

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16. Brailowsky, Alexander. (1896-1976).
Early Signed Photograph
Early signed Wilensky of Buenos Aires photograph of the Russian pianist who studied with Leschetizky and Busoni and who was famed in particular for his Chopin cycles. Signed and inscribed and dated Buenos Aires, 1936. 8.5 x 11.5 cm and in very fine condition. $200
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17. Britten, Benjamin. (1913-76) & Pears, Peter. (1910-1986).
Signed Photograph
Original photograph of the composer and celebrated tenor, boldly signed in blue ballpoint ink by both. 7 x 4.5 inches [18 x 11.5 cm]. In fine condition.

The unique creative partnership between these two artists may be claimed to have been without parallel elsewhere in musical history. Sold.

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18. Brodsky, Adolph. (1851 - 1929).
Autograph Signatures
Signed page of the second Brodsky Quartet, featuring the famed Russian violinist Adolph Brodsky, together with Rawdon Briggs, Simon Speelman, and Carl Fuchs, all of whom have signed in an unusual criss-crossed fashion. This version of the Quartet was formed in the late 1890s while Brodsky was in Manchester teaching at the Royal Manchester College of Music and directing the Hallé Orchestra. The page is signed below with what appears to be an abreviated and hurried signature of the conductor Hans Richter, a close associate of Brodsky. 15.5 x 19 cm.

On December 4, 1881, Brodsky premiered Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto in D major in Vienna, under the baton of Hans Richter. Brodsky was the dedicatee of the concerto, after Tchaikovsky decided to withdraw the dedication from Leopold Auer, offended that the latter would not to play it unless the composer made certain changes incorporating his unsolicited suggestions. Later, Carl Fuchs asked Elgar to compose a string quartet for the Brodsky Quartet and in 1918, Elgar completed his String Quartet in E minor, Op. 83 and dedicated it to the quartet. Sold.

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19. Bruch, Max. (1838 – 1920).
Serenade ... für Violine und Orchester. Op. 75. - INSCRIBED
Berlin: N. Simrock, [1900]. First edition. Upright folio. 19; 47 pp. [PN] 11439. Fifield p. 339; Müller-Reuter p. 554. First edition of the piano and violin arrangement, signed and inscribed in purple pencil at the head of the titlepage, 25. 2. 1902. Wrappers creased and with a few tears, repaired with archival tape along the spine, otherwise fine throughout. $750
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20. Bruckner, Anton. (1824 -1896).
Original Photograph
Original cabinet photograph of the influential Austrian composer and organist, [no place, no date], issued by Charles Pollock of Boston. 6.5 x 4.25 in.; 165 x 108 mm.). Very minor marginal chipping, mounting remnants on verso, the composer's name written in an unknown hand lower margin. $850
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