Winter-Spring 2024 Catalogue


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1. Antheil, George. (1900-1959).
Original Photograph, 1923

Rare early photograph of the 23-year oldcomposer seated at the piano, by Kadel & Herbert News Photos. Clip on the verso with text "George Antheil is probably America's youngest composer. He has been conducting his own compositions for the past two years for the Berlin Philharmonic. Antheil was born in Trenton, New Jersey and has been studying aboard for the past four or five years." 8 x 6 inches (20 x 15 cm.). In fine condition.

2. Antheil, George. (1900-1959).
Autograph Musical Quotation Signed

An uncommon AMQS from the American avant-garde composer, pianist, author, and inventor who co-patented a 'Secret Communications System' with actress Hedy Lamarr in 1941. AMQS on an off-white card imprinted "Collection of Bernard J. Klug." Antheil pens two bars from one of his works, signing below in bold ink, "October 29, 1954, George Antheil." In fine condition. 5 x 3 inches (12.7 x 7.6 cm).

3. Antheil, George. (1900-1959).
Original Photograph

An uncommon original 1940 photograph of the avant-garde composer seated at the piano while scoring the Fairbanks/Hayworth film "Angels Over Broadway." 8 x 10 inches (20.5 x 25 cm.). Margins a little nicked/creased, else fine.

4. Barber, Samuel. (1910–1981).
"Addenda for brochure" – Autograph List of Works and First Performances

Manuscript sheet from a lined note block in the hand of the great American composer with heading, "Addenda for brochure!"  Contains notes on some of the composer's works and their first performances: Hermit Songs; Despite and Still; String Quartet, Op. 11; Nocturne (Homage to John Field).  Initialed by the composer "S.B.", to foot.  Verso blank.  No date, but not before April 30, 1974, which Barber gives as the date of the first performance of Despite and Still.  13 x 8.5 inches (34 x 21.5 cm) Read More...

5. Beethoven, Ludwig van. (1770–1827) [Mahr, Joseph. ?–?].
[Septet, Op. 20] Quintuor pour Flute, Violon, deux Violes et Violoncelle arrangé d'après le Septuor, Oeuvre 20... par Joseph Mahr

Vienna: Joseph Czerný. [1829]. First Edition (of this arrangement). Disbound upright folio. 31 pp. Engraved throughout. [PN] J. Cz. 2639. Flauto: Title, 2–13 pp.; Violin: blank, 2–9 pp.; Viola Primo [sic]: blank, 2–9 pp.; Viola Secondo [sic]: blank, 2–9 pp.; Violoncello: blank, 2–9 pp. Part names in English added in ink to title and initial blank pages; markup in pencil including directives in English uniformly added to all parts. 13 x 10 inches (33.3 x 25.4 cm). Outer bifolium of Flauto part detached and torn to spine; minor tear to other leaves of Flauto; damp staining to outer edge of Flauto; all parts somewhat foxed. In envelope from Hawkes & Son, London, with 9-pence stamp showing the profile of King George V (reigned 1910–36). Kinsky p. 51 (Übertragungen, "d"). Read More...

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6. [Beethoven, Ludwig van. (1770–1827)].
Maurerfragen. Ein Lied für die Loge d(es) F(rères) c(ourageux) à l'O(rient) d(e) Bonn. Musik von Louis van Beethoven, unterlegte Worte von (Wegel)er.

Bonn: Simrock. [1806]. First Edition. Oblong Folio. 3 pp. Engraved throughout. [PN] 452.  26x33cm. Toned, some stains to blank verso of p.3, else fine. WoO117; Kinsky-Halm 578; Hirsch IV, 458; Wolfstieg 41085.  Rare.  Read More...

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7. Berg, Alban. (1885 - 1935) [Redlich, Hans Ferdinand. (1903–1968) & Perle, George. (1915–2009)].
Wozzeck – Printed full score with inscriptions from Redlich and Perle

Vienna-Leipzig: Universal-Edition. 1926. First Edition of full score. [Op 7]. Georg Büchners Wozzeck Oper in 3 Akten (15 Szenen)... Op. 7 Partitur. Upright folio. Lithographed facsimile from copyist's manuscript. Modern green boards, lettering gilt to spine, original publisher's upper wrapper printed in dark green bound in. 1f. (title), 1f. (facsimile of Berg's autograph dedication "Alma Maria Mahler zugeeignet"), [1] ("Szenarium"), [2] (list of orchestral instruments), [3] (cast list), [4] (instructions for performing the Sprechstimme), 5–405 (music) pp. [PN] U. E. 7379; second PN, "7382" (referring to Universal's piano-vocal score) to pp. [2] and [3]. Printer's footnote to final page of music: "Waldheim-Eberle A.G. Wien". Signature "H.F. Redlich" to upper right corner of front endpaper, followed by note in Redlich's hand, "(since 1953) binding Dec. 1967. [one more word, illegible]"; below, dedication in the hand of Redlich's widow, Erika Burger: "To George Perle with much love and in memory of H. F. R." One more signature of Redlich to upper right corner of title, again followed by note, "since 1953." Note in pencil to the bookbinder to head of upper wrapper, "Cover to be bound in." Notes and underlinings in blue ink (ball-point pen) to the PNs of pp. [3] and [4], probably by Redlich. Further annotations, difficult to decipher and possibly also in Redlich's hand, to left margin of p. 52, vocal part of p. 56, Wozzeck's part of p. 103 ("Falsett"), and pp. 123, 237 and 292. Upper wrapper browned to edges, scratched and somewhat soiled, with repair to gutter dating to modern binding. Lower wrapper lacking. Otherwise, a very fine copy. Read More...

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8. Britten, Benjamin. (1913–1976).
Curlew River: A Parable for Church Performance, Op. 71

London: Faber and Faber. 1965. "Rehearsal score" (short score rather than piano-vocal score) by Imogen Holst. Folio. 14 x 10.75 inches (35.5 x 27 cm). 123 pp. of music; front and back matter unpaginated. [PN] F&F2. Printed "Production Notes" by Colin Graham, 20 pp., 11 x 8.5 inches (28 x 21.5 cm), inserted in a pouch to the inside of the lower wrapper. The edition (except the "Production Notes") is bilingual, with title page, text underlay and most of the front matter in English and German. Wrappers somewhat worn, with loss to foot of spine and stains to back cover; pouch for "Production Notes" torn open; score in very good condition, with occasional marks in pencil. Read More...

9. Coleridge-Taylor, Samuel. (1875–1912).
Cabinet Card Photograph

Cabinet card photograph of the pioneering and highly regarded Afro-British musician, who takes a place among the earliest Black composers to work in a classical idiom.  By Elliott & Fry, London.  6 x 4.25 inches (15 x 10.9 cm).  Traces of earlier mounting to verso, else very fine. Uncommon. Read More...

10. Coleridge-Taylor, Samuel. (1875–1912).
Scenes from The Song of Hiawatha by H. W. Longfellow.... Full Score.

London: Novello and Company. 1901. Upright folio. All three cantatas by the British composer—Hiawatha's Wedding Feast, The Death of Minnehaha and Hiawatha's Departure—bound in one volume, with original publisher's boards. No PN. Each cantata separately paginated. [i] Half title, "Hiawatha's Wedding-Feast.", [i] blank, [i] general title (for the entire work), 1–127 pp.; [i] half-title, "The Death of Minnehaha.", 1–113 pp.; [i] half-title, "Hiawatha's Departure.", 1–164, 164a, 165–191, 16a pp. Page 16a, titled "appendix," includes an alternate ending for the song, "Spring had come," which opens the third cantata, for performance as a standalone piece;  page 164a is to be played if the section between rehearsal numbers 73A and 82 is omitted. Formerly at Forbes Library, Northampton, Mass.; the last borrowing date on the list pasted to the lower board is December 1, 1948. Handstamps identify the item as "withdrawn." Conductor's markup in blue and red crayon (first two cantatas only) and in lead pencil. Spine torn and partly detached; some leaves partly detached; some tears (e.g. Hiawatha's Wedding Feast, pp. 28–29); boards worn (especially the publisher's catalogue to the lower board; paper brittle; occasional tape repairs. Still a good copy overall.  Read More...

11. Debussy, Claude. (1862–1918) [Cortot, Alfred. (1877–1962)] .
Portrait Medal Plaquette - FROM THE CORTOT COLLECTION

Cast bronze portrait medallion of the important composer by Pierre Turin. Obverse: Bust-length relief in profile, turned to the left. Bearded, wearing jacket, hair parted on the left. Inscribed below the image CLAUDE DEBUSSY. With the name P. TURIN below the beard. Reverse inscribed CLAUDE DEBUSSY / 1862-1918 / CETTE MEDAILLE / A ÉTÉ FRAPPÉE / A L'OCCASION / DE L'ÉRECTION / DES MONUMENTS DE / CLAUDE DEBUSSY / A PARIS / ET A ST GERMAINE EN LAYE. Rectangular, 1.5 x 2.25 inches (4.2 x 5.9 cm). Niggl 538.  With remarkable provenance from the collection of Alfred Cortot (Christie's Paris, 2019), one of the great pianists of all time, famously as well as an important collector of antiquarian music and historical music memorabilia. Read More...

12. Duparc, Henri. (1848-1933).
Aux étoiles (Entr'acte pour un Drame inédit) – Inscribed reduction for piano, with autograph revisions

Paris, Chez les Editeurs: Rouart, Lerolle & Cie.. 1911. Two different arrangements for piano four-hands of Duparc's orchestral composition (1874): one by Gustave Samazeuilh, with autograph revisions by Duparc; and one by Duparc himself. Both arrangements printed with identical titles and almost identical gray wrappers with title in dark blue print. Folio, 13.75 x 11.75 inches (35 x 27 cm). Unbound signatures. Both contained together in a wrapper made of thick paper, with title in orange print (otherwise identical with the title page of the Duparc arrangement, see below), inscribed by the composer to head of this extra wrapper in French: "To my very dear little sister Immaculata. A memory to her friend H. Duparc," followed by a biblical quotation in Latin, "advesperascit, et iam inclinata est dies" ("It is almost evening and the day is now nearly over"; Luke 24, 29).  Inscribed wrapper toned and foxed, spine and edges with outer or inner paper reinforcements, else fine.  Read More...

13. Falla, Manuel de. (1876-1946) [Cortot, Alfred. (1877–1962)] .
Bronze Portrait Medal - FROM THE CORTOT COLLECTION

Bronze medal of the influential Spanish composer, a detailed bust portrait by Anna Bass, 1950, bust left, rev. female performing a fire dance at right, kneeling naked male sorcerer utters incantations in front of the flames of a small fire, edge impressed bronze and cornucopia.  68mm, 170.17g. CGMP p.102; Monnaie Exh. Cat. 1965, 44; Niggl 622; cf. DNW 30, 743. With remarkable provenance from the collection of Alfred Cortot (Christie's Paris, 2019), one of the great pianists of all time, famously as well as an important collector of antiquarian music and historical music memorabilia.

14. [Fontainebleau] Bazelaire, Paul. (1886–1958).
Postcards from the American Conservatory at Fontainebleau, including classes of Widor, Capet, Casadesus, Philipp

Sixteen rare postcards, each depicting one class or venue of the American Conservatory at Fontainebleau, France, with their professors or leaders named and identified, ca. 1925.  The students are not identified.  Printed by Ménard, Fontainebleau.  Each card in oblong format, 3.5 x 5.5 inches (9 x 13.8 cm). In fine condition. Read More...

15. Fux, Johann Joseph. (1660 - 1741).
Gradus ad Parnassum, sive Manuductio ad Compositionem Musicae regularem

Vienna: Joannis Petri Van Ghelen. 1725. First. Lacking engraved frontispiece, [8] & 280 pages, folio (31.5 x 20cms), woodcut vignettes and capitals, engraving of a monochord on F2, extensive type-set music, including complete fugues. Period white paper binding heavily soiled, red speckled edges. Worm holes to inner upper edge of ffe and margin of first five leaves (only slightly affecting one letter of text), a few moderate stains, but generally a quite clean and crisp copy of the most important modern textbook of counterpoint. PMM 183; Hirsch, i 185; Gregory & Barlett, p.100; RISM Écrits, p.340. Read More...

No place [Mexico City?]: No publisher [self-published?]. No date [ca. 1940?]. First Edition. Full score of the work by the Mexican composer for chamber orchestra in memory of the murdered Spanish poet. Upright quarto, stapled, in original wrappers.  Lithograph.  No PN.  Upper wrapper doubling as title, instrument list, 2–79 pp.  Inscription, "With best wishes / [illegible signature] / Mexico, May 19, 1947" in blue ink to head of instrument list.  Name "Paul Strauss" embossed to top right corner of upper wrapper.  From the collection of Dimitri Mitropoulos.  9.75 x 7.75 inches (24.5 x 19.5 cm). Browned and extremely brittle; upper wrapper and first leaf detached, with significant loss to latter; significant chipping and wear to edges; one page with two red pencil markings possibly in the hand of Mitropoulos.  Read More...

17. Goldmark, Carl [or Karl]. (1830–1915).
Autograph letter to Ernst Wilhelm Fritzsch

Autograph letter from the Hungarian-born composer, one of the most important musical figures in late 19th and early 20th century Vienna, to the music publisher Ernst Wilhelm Fritzsch (1840–1902).  Dated Gmunden, Austria, October 2, 1875.  3 pp. of a bifolium.  In German.  Goldmark offers the publisher two Lieder: "You can use them for [publishing] or for 'domestic music making' [i.e. leaving them unpublished].   In the latter case, I am asking not to assign an opus number to them because I might want to include them in some later collection."  6 x 4 inches (15 x 9.8 cm).  Horizontal and vertical folding creases but otherwise in fine condition.   Read More...

18. [Handel, George Frederic. (1685–1759)].
"Samson. Ein Oratorium aus dem Englischen des Milton von Händel." - 1834 Manuscript German Translation Libretto

18mo.  18pp.  Manuscript edition of the libretto for Handel's Samson, in German translattion, according to information given along the lower front cover, prepared for a performance given on March 26, 1834 in the hall of the [Boys'?] school in Ansbach by the singing society ("den 26. Merz [sic] 1834 im K: [=Knaben?] Schulsaale zu Ansbach von dem Singverein").  Light foxing throughout, reinforced blue paper spine,  in very fine condition. Read More...

19. Hindemith, Paul. (1895–1963).
"In Praise of Music" – Signed Song Sheet

"Song sheet" for In Praise of Music (English version of Frau Musica on a text by Martin Luther; text underlay in English and German) signed by the eminent German-born composer, violist and teacher.  New York: Associated Music Publishers, 1945.  Quarto.  1 p. (verso blank).  PN A.S. 1944380.  Two copyright dates: 1928 (for the original version) and 1945 (for the revised version).  10.5 x 7 inches (26.5 x 17.5 cm).  Horizontal fold; upper edge frayed; else fine.  Read More...

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20. Holst, Gustav. (1874 - 1934).
The Golden Goose. A Choral Ballet. [Vocal Score] - SIGNED

London: Oxford University Press. 1927. First edition. Piano-vocal score. 8vo (7 x 10 inches). 43 pp. Stamped "Complimentary Copy" on the first page ([scenario], "Notes on Staging"), and inscribed at the head by the composer: "Edgar Lane from Gustav Holst." Original printed wrappers with gilt printing. Small tear to lower spine, a few small ink spots to front and rear, else very fine throughout and contained in a custom folding cloth portfolio with sueded interior.  Read More...