Spring 2024 Catalogue

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ALS on a postcard from the influential Russian pianist and composer written to his student, the conductor Mikhail Karpov.  The letter reads, in full, translated from the Russian, "I ask you to visit me on Wednesday, November 22nd at 3 a.m. and to notify me immediately on the return form that you have received this invitation. / M.B. / November 18, 1906."  Toned, light edgewear, else in fine condition.  5.5 x 3.5 inches (14 x 9 cm). Read More...

2. [Beethoven, Ludwig van. (1770–1827)] Furtwangler, Wilhelm. (1886-1954).
Important Letter regarding Beethoven Symphonies and a Nazi Performance

An important letter or typed statement from the conductor regarding a proposal to perform the last movement of Beethoven's 9th Symphony at the cultural conference of the NSDAP party conference, a plan he considers on the whole to be “purely artistically irresponsible." He writes, in part (full translation below), that "the IX is not a symphony of struggle and victory, but a symphony of humanity with a religious background. Schiller's words fit in my opinion, for the occasion of a victory and peace celebration, otherwise not. Whereas, for example, the finale of the Fifth Symphony expresses the celebration of victory infinitely more precisely and forcefully in pure music." One page, on the conductor's letterhead, dated 27.7.40, headed "Akten-Notiz," signed boldly in blue ink at the conclusion, "Wilhelm Furtwängler."  Usual folds, very fine. Complete translation, as follows: Read More...

A striking late 19th century plaster cast replica made from the life mask originally taken by the sculptor Franz Klein (1779 - after 1836) in 1812. The mask is complete and with the original shape, unlike some modern copies made with modified extended neck.  Cast in natural white plaster, verso hollowed interior beneath an integral suspension loop.   With red paint drippings and small gray spots splattered throughout, otherwise normal surface buildup, dust, some tiny surface nicks scattered about.  7 x 8.5 inches (17.8 x 21.6 cm.). Read More...

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4. [Beethoven, Ludwig van. (1770–1827)].
Einladung zu Ludwig van Beethoven’s Leichenbegängniss. ORIGINAL INVITATION TO BEETHOVEN'S FUNERAL

Single sheet black-bordered invitation to Beethoven's funeral, the text composed by Beethoven's life-long friend Stephan von Breuning. Vienna, March 29, 1827. Printed on heavy paper, cut by hand, measuring 19.2 x 13.1 cm. "...Man versammelt sich in der Wohnung des Verstorbenen im Schwarzspanier-Hause Nr. 200, am Glacis vor dem Schottenthore. / Der Zug begibt sich von da nach der Dreyfaltigkeits-Kirche / bey den P. P. Minoriten in der Alsergasse. Die musikalische Welt erlitt den unersetzlichen Verlust des berühmten Tondichters am 26. März 1827 Abends gegen 6 Uhr. / Beethoven starb an den Folgen der Wassersucht, im 56. Jahre seines Alters, nach empfangenen heil. Sacramenten ...“ Read More...

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5. Beethoven, Ludwig van. (1770–1827).
Grande Sonate pour le Piano-Forte ... Op. 26

Paris: Pleyel [misspelled "Peyel"] Père et Fils Ainé. ca. 1814. Upright stapled folio.  Engraved throughout.  [PN] 1125.  15, [1] pp.  Pleyels's signature stamped to foot of title.  Signature, "J. Coolidge," in ink at head of title.  13.75 x 10.5 inches (35 x 26.5 cm).  Horizontal fold, title dust-soiled, slight foxing;  a fine uncut copy overall. Read More...

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6. Beethoven, Ludwig van. (1770–1827).
Grande Sonate pour le Piano-Forte ... Oeuvre 22.

Paris: Ice. Pleyel & Fils aîné. ca. 1817. Upright stapled folio.  Engraved throughout.  [PN] 1254.  21, [1] pp.  Pleyels's signature stamped to foot of title.  Signature, "J. Coolidge," in ink at head of title.  13.75 x 10.5 inches (35 x 26.5 cm).  Horizontal fold, title detached, dust-soiled and creased to top right corner, with minimal loss;  a fine uncut copy overall of this lifetime French edition.  Read More...

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7. Berg, Alban. (1885–1935) & Berg, Helene. (1885–1976).
Autograph Letter to Marya Freund

Autograph Letter Signed in German, penned on the reverse of a 3.5 x 5.25 photo postcard of the German city Trahutten, no date [circa 1928]. A handwritten letter from both Alban Berg and his wife Helene Nahowski to Polish singer Marya Freund, with Alban adding the postscript, which reads (translated): “Dearest lady, would you be so kind as to forward the enclosed letter to Mme. Dubost. I mistakenly left her address in Vienna. Thank you very much.” Helene’s portion reads: “I hope you got the letter I wrote immediately after returning from Paris. How are you? What will you do this summer?” Although undated, it seems very likely that it was written in Spring of 1928, as Berg refers to Jeanne Dubost, the hostess of the salon where Berg's Lyric Suite had been premiered on March 22, 1928.  Dubost played an important role in establishing the reputation of the Lyric Suite: it was in her salon that the piece was performed for the first time, on March 22, 1928. The quartet was paired with several songs, with Berg himself at the piano. "It was wonderful in Paris, all the more terrible in Zurich," the composer wrote to Adorno in July 1928 (Theodor W. Adorno & Alban Berg: Correspondence 1925-1935, 2005, p. 122). Read More...

8. Bernstein, Leonard. (1918–1990).
Signed Photograph

Signed photograph of the American conductor and composer, one of the titans of mid-century American music, who has inscribed "For Paul / Best Wishes / Leonard Bernstein" in black ink.  An attractive image of Bernstein in an unidentified recording/editing session, seen holding a cigarette with a microphone suspended to his right and reviewing an open score on a table. In fine condition.  9.5 x 7.5 inches (24.1 x 19 cm).  Read More...

9. [Bernstein, Leonard. (1918–1990)] Haas, Ernst. (1921 - 1986).

New York: Vikin. 1983. First edition. Hardcover. Oblong 4to. 159 pp. Brown cloth boards, gilt titled on spine. Inscribed on the half title "To Leni and Felicia / Ernst Haas" and dated "NYC  Nov '71."  Toning to white pages, which are printed on different stock from the photo plates (those with no evidence of toning). Dust jacket with mild wear at spine and extremities, unclipped with $25 price on front flap. Together with two printed cards identifying the volume as having originally from the Leonard Bernstein Estate.    Read More...

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10. Boulez, Pierre. (1925–2016).
Signed Photograph

Early vintage Siegfried Lauterwasser portrait photograph issued by the Bayreuther Festspiele 1966 and signed by the important French composer and conductor.  4 x 5.75 inches (10 x 14.3 cm). In fine condition.

11. Boulez, Pierre. (1925–2016).
Signed Photograph

Early original doubleweight photograph of the important French composer and conductor, one of the major innovators and forces in 20th century music. Signed and inscribed on the verso, "P. Boulez / very best wishes." A few minor creases, else fine condition. 8 x 10 inch (20 x 25.3 cm).

12. Brahms, Johannes. (1833–1897).
Easter Sunday - Original Photograph by Maria Fellinger

Photograph of Brahms looking out of a window, photographed ca. 1893-6 by his friend Maria Fellinger. Dated in pen below the image: Easter Sunday, March 26, 1894. On the gold-embossed mount of the photographer, Maria Fellinger, inscribed and initialed, by Fellinger, below. 4 x 5.25 inches (10.4 x 13.5 cm). Very good.   Read More...

13. Brahms, Johannes. (1833–1897).
Original Photograph

Original photograph of Brahms, half-length, looking down and to the left in front of the doors of his Vienna apartment. Undated. Mounted on card. 4.25 x 6.5 inches (11 x 16.1 cm).  Scattered light scratches and marks, overall very good.

14. Brahms, Johannes. (1833–1897).
Original Photograph on his deathbed

A moving original photograph of the great composer on his deathbed, as photographed by Eugen von Miller zu Aichholz. Brahms is seen from the lower bed perspective, resting peacefully, with a few flowers strown around his head and shoulders. With the imprint of verso of Eugen v. Miller, jr, Wien und Gmunden, and dated in pencil, 1897. 4.5 x 6 inches (11.3 x 15.1 cm). Fine. Read More...

15. [Brahms, Johannes. (1833–1897)] Richter, Hans. (1843 - 1916).
Autograph Letter Signed to Dannreuther regarding the Brahms Piano Concerto 2

Autograph letter from the legendary Austrian-Hungarian conductor who conducted the very first Bayreuth Festival and in 1877 shared the conductorship of the Wagner festival in London with the composer. 2 pp. 4 October, 1882.  To Edward George Dannreuther, pianist, and pupil of Ignaz Moscheles.  5.5 x 8.5 inches (13.8 x 22 cm). Translated from the German, in full:  Read More...

16. Bruch, Max. (1838-1920) [Joachim, Joseph. (1831-1907)] [Sarasate, Pablo de. (1844-1908)].
Autograph Letter to Carl Halir - "My G minor Violin Concerto has been played too often"

Autograph letter signed to "Concertmeister" Carl Halir (originally, Karel Halíř) of "Weimar". Breslau [now Wrocław, Poland], September, 25, 1888. In German. 3 pp. of bifolium.  Envelope signed additionally on the verso, "M. Bruch." The intriguing letter is a response to a list of works that Halir had suggested to Bruch, then music director in Breslau, for his upcoming appearance as a soloist. In full: "Many thanks for your welcome programming suggestions. Brahms has been played by De Ahna and Joachim here and must rest for a while. Joachim will play Beethoven here with us this year on November 20. Tchaikovsky is not particularly welcome here. My Concerto no. 1 (G minor) has been played too often, my No. 2 and No. 3 (Scottish) has been played by Sarasate multiple times. Thus, we should maybe focus on the Lassen concerto. I will take a look at it and write you more later. / I think that my Romanza was last heard in 1886. I would be pleased to hear it from you."  7 x 4.5 inches (17.6x11.1 cm). Read More...

17. Carmichael, Hoagy. (1899–1981).
Signed photograph

Signed candid photograph of the great Tin Pan Alley songwriter, pianist, actor, and radio host in his later years reading a newspaper.  Inscribed, "Sincerely, Hoagy Carmichael."  Oblong format,  8 x 10 inches (20.2 x 24.4 cm).  In fine condition. Read More...

18. Cage, John. (1912–1992).
INSTRUCTIONS FOR DUPLICATING 'CONDUCTOR' - Signed Instructions to the Publisher

Typed document signed from the innovative and influential American composer, being his instructions for the printing of the CONDUCTOR instructions for his Concert for Piano and Orchestra. Signed in blue ink "John Cage / Stony Point, NY / June 30, 1960." 1 p. "INSTRUCTIONS FOR DUPLICATING CONDUCTOR  / 2 unnumbered typewritten pages preceded by a title page. The page with CONDUCTOR at the top goes to the left, the other to the right.  /  Staple or stich and provide with a cover." Together with the printed score ("Using a stop-watch, the conductor changes clock-time to effective time....He may begin anywhere in the following table...") by Edition Peters (1960), 2 pages, adhering to the given directions provided by the composer. In fine condition, annotated in another hand in pencil at the foot "Printing Cost for One Set / 3 sheets / 24¢."  8.5 x 11 inches (21.6 x 28 cm). Read More...

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19. Elgar, Edward. (1857 - 1934) & Koussevitzky, Serge. (1874–1951).
21st Anniversary Concert of the London Symphony Orchestra, 9 June 1925 - Signed Program

Program of the 21st Anniversary Concert of the London Symphony Orchestra, 9 June 1925. Queens Hall, London. Conducted by Sir Edward Elgar, O.M. and Serge Koussevitsky, both of whom have boldly signed the front cover in ink. 35, [4] pp. Includes portraits of the two conductors and extensive program notes, with musical illustrations. Wrappers a little toned and lightly stained, some ink marks to rear, else fine throughout. 7.25 x 10 inch (18.7 x 25.5 cm).  Read More...

20. Elgar, Edward. (1857 - 1934).
"The Dream of Gerontius" - Archive including AMQS and Signed Premiere Program

An intriguing and important archive focused around the composer's most celebrated work, including an autograph musical quotation in the hand of the composer, inscribed to one of the work's first performers; a very rare signed program from the famously disastrous premiere; autograph material related to some of the work's first and principal singer and conductor interpreters.  Read More...