Signed with a flourish "Anton Seidl / New York May 8th 1896", and further embellished with a two-bar sketch of the "Grail" motive from Wagner's Parsifal, complete with dynamic markings.
The Hungarian-born conductor Anton Seidl was Wagner's most trusted acolyte, beginning at a young age as a copyist for the composer and then as his assistant for the first Bayreuth Festival in 1876. Apparently, Wagner intended for Seidl to conduct the 1882 Bayreuth premiere of Parsifal (the honor went to Hermann Levi). Seidl moved to New York the following year, to conduct German repertoire at the Metropolitan Opera, which he did tirelessly until he became conductor of the New York Philharmonic. Parsifal figured prominently (in concert excerpts) in Seidl's New York repertoire - the conductor considered it Wagner's masterpiece - but he never conducted it at the Met, because of the Wagner family's embargo on performances of the work anywhere but at Bayreuth. However, in the summer 1897, Seidl returned to Bayreuth, winning rapturous acclaim for his conducting of the 100th performance of Parsifal. Seidl died suddenly in New York the following year, at the age of 47. His funeral service was a standing-room-only event at the Metropolitan Opera.AMQ-11261$500