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Pozharskaya, M. N.
The Russian Seasons In Paris: Sketches Of The Scenery And Costumes 1908-1929.
Iskusstvo Art Publishers: Moscow, 1988. First Edition. Oblong Folio. 299 pp. plus extensive commentary and appendices, artist portraits and biographies, lists of operas and ballets, etc. Glossy color photos and illustrations throughout. Blue ribbed linen boards with embossed decoration and black linen spine with gilt titles. In original slip case. A fine copy.
A magnificent production with extensive text in both Russian and English, documenting the history of Sergei Diaghilev's "Ballets Russes" in Paris. This extraordinary undertaking aimed to bring to Europe all that Russia had achieved in music, choreography and painting. Several leading non-Russian artists collaborated as well including Matisse, Rouault, Cocteau and Picasso to mention only a few. This lovely book gloriously re-captures the inspiration of those years with an unprecedented assemblage of stage and costume designs by all the leading exponents of the time, as well as an annotated list of the seasons that were to have such an explosive impact on Western stage design in the years to come.
6.75" H X 5.25" W Matted With A Total Measurement Of 13" H X 11 " W. Very good condition.
A wonderful pencil caricature of the great English conductor looking somewhat quizzical and standing in front of a microphone, his baton aloft in his right hand. Olga Koussevitsky was a patron of the arts and the second wife of the famous conductor Serge Koussevitsky. She was well-known for her caricature portraits and had an exhibition in New York City. This caricature is dated 1958, followed by her autographed initials.
Edited by O.G. Sonneck. The Beethoven Association: New York, 1927. Folio. 213 pp. Beige buckram boards.
An unusual and beautifully compiled book to commemorate the centennial of Beethoven's death. With a 17-page forward written by the then head of the chief of the Music Division of the Library of Congress. 23 facsimile letters tipped in, many foldout, with the letters transcribed in German and with translations and commentary in English.
Handsomely Ovalized In A Decorative Triple Matte With A Total Measurement Of 12" H X 11" W. Fine condition.
This etching of a middle-aged Brahms was done by the English artist Samuel Hollyers (1826-1919), who worked for a good part of his life in New York and is well known for engravings of Dickens as well as New York street scenes.
, signed "Enrico Caruso". Total Measurement Of 9" H X 5" W. Handsomely presented in a 5-ply mat. Fine condition.
A striking sepia imperial cabinet photograph by Mishkin in which Caruso is shown in costume as Samson in Saint-Saëns' Samson et Dalila and which he has boldly signed vertically.
"Caruso's Samson has become one of the Italian tenor's most impressive portrayals," wrote Max Smith in his review in the New York American, of the opening night performance of in Saint-Saëns' Samson et Dalila in 1918. On two occasions, Enrico Caruso opened the Metropolitan Opera season as Samson - in 1915-16 and, more notably, in 1918-19. By a trick of fate, opening night in 1918 fell on Nov. 11, the day the armistice was declared, ending World War I. The performance of Samson et Dalila that night was conducted by Pierre Monteux, with Louise Homer as Dalila, and it began with a thrilling demonstration of patriotism as the whole company massed onstage to sing the national anthems of all the Allied powers, with Caruso carrying the flag of Italy.
Philadelphia, December 5, 1971. 9" H X 6" W. Fine condition.
On front of program, Van Cliburn writes: "to Jerry Leonard with great appreciation" and signs his full name. The program held at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia, included works for solo piano by Beethoven, Prokofiev, Scriabin and Debussy.
20" H X 15" W. Excellent condition with a deep impression.
Plate no. 4 from the Lutherie section, being an engraved first-edition plate from the 18th-century Encyclopédie of Diderot and d'Alembert, which was produced over 20 years from 1751 to 1772 with first editions appearing in both Paris and Amsterdam. This plate was probably issued in the late 1760's. Clean and crisp.
Total Length: 9" 0.75" End Pin; Width At Widest Point Of Lower Bout 3.25". Excellent condition (a few places very slightly rubbed on edges).
A fine German four-string to-scale miniature double bass dating from the first half of the 20th century. Spruce top, inlaid purfling, two-piece finely flamed maple back and maple sides. Ebony fittings with brass machinehead tuners.
Dec. 8, 1938. 4 Pp. With Cover. Overall condition for a piece of ephemera like this is excellent, even retaining the original tassel; two small stains on verso, nearly imperceptible mark on front cover.
An elegant program of a dinner and concert given by the famed New York musicians' club, "The Bohemians," honoring the Norwegian soprano Kirsten Flagstad. She had given her debut at the Metropolitan Opera in 1935 and was quickly hailed as the foremost Wagnerian soprano of her time. Performers at the event included Ezio Pinza, Rosina and Josef Lhevine, and Elizabeth Rethberg. On the cover are two oval portraits of Flagstad, under which she has neatly penned her name.
A Treasury Of Stephen Foster. Foreword By Deems Taylor, Historical Notes By John Tasker Howard, Arrangements By Ray Lev & Dorothy Berliner Commins, Illustrated By William Sharp.
Random House: New York, 1946. Large Quarto. 222 pp. 3/4 red morocco with decorative paper boards, in original matching slipcase. Excellent condition.
Fifty of Foster's most renowned songs, each illustrated in color with a text commentary. This copy is one of only a few which were custom bound by the publishers and was owned by a Random House executive.
. 1930. Image Size 12.75" H X 9.75" W. Total Measurement In Frame 22" H X 18.75" W. Excellent condition in a beautiful French style mat and gold frame.
An original photograph entitled “His Big Moment” dating from 1930, by Dr. Max Thorek. Thorek's signature signed on the verso of the photo, not visible in frame. A photostat on back of frame displays the signature.
Thorek (1880-1960) was a Hungarian-born surgeon in Chicago and an ardent photographer whose original works are now quite sought after by collectors and professional photographers. He published several books on photography, including “Creative Camera Art”, in which this photograph is featured. This photograph dates from the height of his career.
Bruno Labate was the renowned principal oboist with the New York Philharmonic from 1920-1943. Labate wrote a series of short pieces for oboe and piano which have become a cornerstone in every oboist's repertoire.
. Total Measurement Of 17.75" H X 15.25" W. Very good condition.
Full signature of her married name ("Lilli Lehmann Kalisch"), from "Hannover 1898", matted with a contemporary photo in profile and program from one of Lehmann's many Carnegie Hall song recitals, dated January 10.
Few singers have enjoyed the long, historic career that defined the German soprano Lilli Lehmann. She sang a large and varied repertoire but is best known for her association with the operas of Wagner. The composer himself cast Lehmann in the roles of Woglinde and Helmwige at the first Bayreuth Festival in 1876, in the premiere of the complete Der Ring des Nibelungen. She would go on to become a great exponent of Wagner's heroic soprano roles, setting a standard for the Wagnerian soprano that has shaped more than a century of performances. At the Metropolitan Opera between 1885 and 1899 - after a house debut in the title role of Carmen - Lehmann was one of the artists who helped instill the unique enthusiasm American audiences developed for Wagner's music. Tireless in her devotion to her art, she also helped pioneer the format of the lieder recital. She championed the repertoire, as evidenced in the program included here, and sang recitals well into her seventies. Lehmann was instrumental in the early years of the Salzburg Festival.
A cast bronze sphericle bell, 4.5"h, with openwork sides and the shape resembling a pomegranate, a center band with button decoration and a tripod decorative element on the base. The bell contains two bronze balls. A custom lucite stand holds the bell from its own suspension lug on the top. It is intact with a nice blue-green patina with some encrustation. Excellent condition.
Luristan bronzes were crafted in the western section of what is now Iran, from the 12th to the 8th centuries B.C. Musical instruments of any kind are quite rare, it being much more common to find artifacts of horse trappings and harness ornaments, jewelry and household articles.
, signed "Erica Morini". September 14, 1931. 13.25" H X 14.25" W.
Attractively matted with a contemporary photo capturing Morini in performance. Born in Vienna where she was a child prodigy, Morini first came to America in the 1920s and performed most of her notable career in the U.S.
2 1/8" Diameter (57mm). Tiny mark on right side of front and on bottom of verso.
Round brass medallion by Anton Scharff. Has deep, crisp impressions showing Mozart in profile after the famous 1789 Leonard Posch engraving. Verso shows a group of cupids frolicking in the clouds, some playing instruments. Originally struck in 1896 in commemoration of the erection in the Burggarten of the famous Mozart Monument by Viktor Tilger. This is possibly a restrike but very rare nonetheless. Niggl #1431.
Piano Sonata, K547a (K. Anh. 135), Fantasy And Sonata, K475/457, Fantasy, K397, Prelude And Fugue, K394 And Sonata, K396, Arranged, "2 Sonaten Und 5 Fantasien Für Das Piano-Forte...Sechtes Heft".
Tobias Haslinger: Vienna, [after 1826]. PN S:u:C:2706. Oblong Folio. 51 pp. Three-quarter leather with marbled boards and original series title page on cover. With slipcase. Fine condition.MUS-10508$350
Made in India for the Fred Zimbalist Music Box Co. in Cleveland, mid-20th century. This company was one of the foremost music box makers and repairman in the U.S.A. The tune it plays is "Sempre Libra" from Verdi's La Traviata. 16.75" h x 12" w".
Saint-Saëns has penned a note on his calling card (with mourning border not visible in mat): "All the pleasure will be for me - a thousand friendly wishes / C. Saint-Saëns". Attractively matted with a contemporary postcard photograph (slight bend at upper right corner). Excellent condition with a total measurement of 14.25" h x 10.25" w.
Ensemble With Autograph Musical Quotation From Der Rosenkavalier
, signed "Richard Strauss". Quote has vertical crease running down the far right side and is slightly rubbed at lower right corner.
Three-bar quotation from the opening measures of the overture of Strauss's most famous and beloved opera, Der Rosenkavalier. Matted together with a photo of the older Strauss and framed with a total measurement of 17.5" h x 11" w.
Der Rosenkavalier was first performed at the Königliches Opernhaus in Dresden on 26 January 1911 under the direction of Max Reinhardt.
The Lure Of The Striped Pig: The Illustration Of Popular Music In America 1820-1870.
Imprint Society: Barre, MA, 1973. Limited Edition of 1950. Folio. 157 pp. 60 fine full-page b/w illustrations of sheet music covers, a few in color. Quarter beige linen with rust colored orange boards and matching slipcase. As new.
A superb beautifully produced book - a "must-have" for anyone interested in the history of American sheet music. The illustrations include several by some of the most important illtrators of the time, including David Claypoole Johnston and Winslow Homer.