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8484. [20th Century Composer Musical Quotations] Mennin, Peter. (1923 - 1983).
"Symphony No. 5" - Autograph Musical Quotation

Full-page lengthy AMQS from the Fifth Symphony of of the American composer and teacher, longtime head of the Juilliard School, composer of nine symphonies, several concertos, and numerous works for wind band, chorus, and other ensembles. His students included Jacob Druckman, Richard Danielpour, Karl Korte, Charles L. Bestor, Jack Behrens, and Claire Polin. Read More...

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AMQS from the French composer of Romanian birth who was a founding member of the "Ecole de Paris" and husband of the important pianist Monique Haas. Four measures from his op. 93 "Periples" for small orchestra," boldly signed and dated 1968. On paper mounted to card, 8 x 13 cm. Fine.

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Program booklet from the inaugural 1988 festival "Wien Modern '88," signed on internal pages next to their photographs by composers Pierre Boulez, György Kurtág, Luigi Nono, and György Ligeti. Together with a signed postcard photograph of the artistic director of the festival, Claudio Abbado. Booklet slightly worn at the signed page spread, but overall fine. Booklet 16 pp., 4.25 x 8 inches (10.5 x 20.5 cm), postcard photograph 4 x 5.75 inches (10.5 x 14.8 cm). A remarkable item, signed by four of the giants of 20th century music.  Read More...

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22560. [20th-Century American Composers] .
[Musical Influence] Autograph and typed letters by American composers of the late 20th century about their music listening habits and influences on them

A highly interesting collection of 25 letters from mostly American (some of them, European-born) composers active in the late twentieth century with comments on issues such as musical influence, listening habits and aesthetic preferences. Read More...

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Autograph Letter
Philosophy & Religions
An interesting collection of ten signed brochures, each featuring one twentieth-century composer, generally with a lengthy bio and list of works composed to date of issue. Issued by Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI for short) and inscribed/signed to title unless stated otherwise. Each 9 x 4 inches (23 x 9.5 cm). Generally in fine condition, as described:  Read More...

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21600. Aalto, Alvar. (1898–1976) [Gahr, David. (1922–2008)] .
Original Photograph (ca. 1970)

Original portrait photograph by the American photographer of the great Finnish architect. Photographer's stamp to verso, in fine condition. 8 x 10 inches. From the private archive of American photographer David Gahr, one of the pre-eminent photographers of American folk, blues, jazz and rock musicians of the 1960s and beyond.  

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15341. Abbott, Berenice. (1898–1991).
"The Path of a Steel Ball" - Original Photograph with the pictured Model Train

Original photograph showing "the path of a steel ball ejected vertically from a moving object," by the important and influential American photographer, together with the original model train used in the photograph, a copy of Berenice Abbott: Documenting Science, in which the photograph is reproduced, and a notarized letter describing the provenance of the model train which belonged to J. Eric Little, a young relative of the MIT physicist Dr. Elbert Little who assisted Abbott with the project. Gelatin silver print photograph signed at the lower right on the photographer's mount, stamped by the photographer on the verso mount. The photograph has been professionally restored, with surface losses inpainted and the gloss immediately around those areas adjusted to more closely resemble the gloss of the original. 19.25 x 9 inches, mount and frame 30 x 24 inches.  Read More...

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15342. Abbott, Berenice. (1898–1991).
"Multiple Exposure of a Swinging Ball" - 3 Original Photographs

Original group of three original silver gelatin photographs from the important American photographer's series Multiple Exposures of a Swinging Ball (1958–1961). Some very light silvering; overall in very fine condition. Each 9.25 x 7.25 inches (24.3 x 19 cm), matted to 14 x 11 inches (35.5 x 28 cm). From the series published in Berenice Abbott: Documenting Science, printed by the photographer and given originally to MIT physicist Dr. Elbert Little who assisted with the project, subsequently obtained from his family.  Read More...

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20747. Abendroth, Hermann. (1883–1956).
Signed Photograph

Signed halftone photograph of the great German conductor, who has boldly signed in ink to the lower margin of a single sheet removed from a concert program.  In fine condition.  5.25 x 7.5 inches (13.5 x 19 cm.). Read More...

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9764. Abendroth, Hermann. (1883–1956).
Autograph Signature

Boldly penned autograph signature dated 25.11.25 from the great German conductor of the Leipzig Gewandhaus and others. Abendroth was "trapped" in East Germany after the war and signed items by him are scarce.

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20464. Able, Will B. (1923–1981).
Signed Photograph

Humorous signed Bruno of Hollywood NYC photograph of the American performer and comic actor in performance, his right leg pointed straight up towards the ceiling.  Able has inscribed "To Paul / wishing you all the fine things. / Will B. Able."  Small crease to lower right corner, image unaffected, otherwise in very fine condition.  8 x 10 inches (20.3 x 25.4 cm.). Read More...

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Original doubleweight photograph of the American lawyer, Congresswoman, social activist and a leader of the Women's Movement, shown speaking at NYC's Bryant Park in front of a "Wars of the Roses" sign. 9 x 14 inches. Stamped and titled on the verso by the photographer. Mounting loss on verso upper right, edges nicked, else fine.   Read More...

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19754. [Accordion].
Original Photograph of a Bear Playing an Accordion!

Unusual and amusing photograph from Russia, ca. 1980s, showing a tamed bear playing an accordion.  The bear, seated and in a leather muzzle, appears to be playing in a public square and is accompanied by an unidentified man and woman.  Minor wear along the edges and corners, some spotting to verso; overall fine.  7.25 x 4.5 inches (18.4 x 11.4 cm.).

21462. [Acogny, Germaine. (b. 1944)] Wangenheim, Wolfgang von. (b. 1938).
Pair of Photographs from "Danse Africaine"

Pair of striking black and white photographs by Wolfgang von Wangenheim, later reproduced in the book "Danse Africaine" by Germaine Acogny.  Gelatin Silver Prints ca. 1980, one of a female figure with upturned palms oustretched, the other, a male figure with arms extended. 8.75 x 11.75 inches. Each print initialed lower right. Each with surface creasing to the upper left quarter and to a lesser degree, center left, else fine. Provenance: From the Estate of Marcuse "Cusie" Pfeifer (1936 - 2020), founding member and president of the Association of International Photography Art Dealers. Read More...

Rare signed program from a 1956 out-of-town tryout of the musical comedy Li'l Abner at the Shubert Theatre in Boston.  The title page is signed by much of the cast, including Peter Palmer, who played Abner in both the stage and film versions of the show, and Edie Adams, who would go on to win a Tony for her performance as Daisy Mae.  16 pp.  In very fine condition, 6 x 9 inches (15.2 x 22.9 cm.). Read More...

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19848. Adams, John. (b. 1947) [Donne, John. (1572–1631)].
"Harmonium - 1. Negative Love" - Autograph Musical Quotation Signed

AMQS from the American composer, who has penned five measures for voice from "Negative Love," the first of three songs in his Harmonium cycle.  Adams has inscribed "For Steve Juscik," adding the text "This as yet my ease and comfort is" and signing "J Adams / October, 1988."  While the second and third movements of Harmonium are settings of Emily Dickinson poems, "Negative Love" takes as its text a composition by John Donne.  In fine condition.  8.5 x 5.5 inches (21.6 x 14 cm.). Read More...

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4488. [Adgate, Andrew. (1762 - 1793)] MUSIC IN PHILADELPHIA.
The Pennsylvania Packet, and Daily Advertiser - 1786 Newspaper

Philadelphia: Wednesday, March 8, 1786. First edition. An interesting original 1786 newspaper, advertising on the first page one of Andrew Adgate's celebrated vocal concerts. Nicely framed. Read More...

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13335. Adler, Guido. (1855-1941) .
"Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven" - SIGNED COPY TO FRAU SCHALK

Regensburg: Gustav Bosse. 1926. Signed edition of the Bohemian-Austrian musicologist's essay on three great composers, a special edition excerpted from the Almanach der Deutschen Musikbücherei auf das Jahr 1926. Adler has signed and inscribed the booklet to a Frau Schalk on the verso of the title page. 12 pp. Some wear to the cover, ink bleeding from the signature, and a small tear above the lower binding staple; overall in very good condition. 5.25 x 7.5 inches (13.2 x 19.2 cm). Read More...

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20708. Adler, Kurt. (1907–1977).
Signed Photograph

Signed Louis Mélançon photograph of the American conductor and pianist, best known for his 30-year tenure as the chorus master and lead conductor of the Metropolitan Opera.  Adler has inscribed "To Paul, / with my sincerest wishes / Kurt Adler / Boston 1963" in black ink.  Metropolitan Opera Press Dept. label and photographer's stamp to verso.  Minor wear to lower edge, image unaffected, overall in very fine condition.  8 x 10 inches (20.3 x 25.4 cm.). Read More...

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12880. Adler, Richard. (1921 - 2012).
"Hey There" - Autograph Musical Quotation on an FDC Honoring George Gershwin

AMQS of the Broadway composer and lyricist's song "Hey There," from The Pajama Game, penned on a 1973 first day cover honoring George Gershwin.  Postmarked Beverly Hills, 1973.  Adler has penned the first three measures of the much-recorded show tune.  Slight discoloration at the left side; otherwise a fine FDC which unites two great Broadway composers.  16.5 x 9.2 cm.

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