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Balfe, Michael W.
MICHAEL W. BALFE. An amazingly lengthy and informative autograph letter signed M. W. Balfe, Rowney Abbey, June 28, 1870 by the Irish singer, conductor and composer of the opera The Bohemian Girl. To a "Dear Bernard," regarding Samuel Lover, Irish novelist (Handy Andy) and composer of Molly Bawn and The Low Backed Car made famous by Irish singer John McCormack; he was also composer Victor Herbert's grandfather. "I trust you will forgive my not answering your letter sooner, the fact is I have been in London a few days, and my letters remained here. Regarding the purport of your letter I really can give you no sort of information-I knew our old friend intimately, but we had no frequent intercourse, and, excepting that Sam and I, once upon a time, began a three act opera together and after I had composed two acts, he could not find a third with any dramatic interest…Unfortunately I always destroy letters-so I have none of his. Some of those addressed to me by Lover were taken by my autograph-collecting friends." "I was once manager of the Lyceum, and produced and played in 'Paddy whack in Italia'…in which I played Paddy, and introduced to the british [sic] public 'Molly Bawn' one of his most lovely melodious songs, which I instrumented for him much to his delight and playing it, I believe much to the delight of an easily contented public!" 6 pages, 8vo. Within four months of this letter, Balfe died at Rowney Abbey at the age of 62. [ref:6018]
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BARTOK, BELA
BELA BARTOK A clearly penned pencil signature signed in the Hungarian style, "Bartok Bela" by the great composer and pianist, considered alongside Liszt as two of that country's greatest musicians. The signature is on the reverse of the visiting card of fellow Hungarian Lanyi Gyorgy, possibly the distinguished political science professor at Oberlin College. With a 5 x 7 photograph of Bartok. [ref:7161]
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Beeson, Jack
JACK BEESON. An extensive autograph musical quote, with lyrics, from Act I, Scene 2 of the American composer's1956 opera The Sweet Bye & Bye; signed and dated by Beeson on a 9 x 3 ¾ sheet of music paper. [ref:5323]
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BERLIN, IRVING
IRVING BERLIN A retained copy of a letter of agreement signed June 10, 1941, by the American composer of numerous classic songs. Here, Berlin agrees and has no objection to grant Mark Sandrich, director of the film Holiday Inn and Paramount Pictures, credit for publicity stories on the film to be labeled "Produced and Directed by Mark Sandrich…for which I have furnished the idea and will furnish the musical score…" "The above credits shall in no event affect the credits to which I am entitled…" One page, large folio. File holes at very top margin. The 1942 film Holiday Inn, starring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire, premiered the Yuletide favorite and enduring classic song White Christmas. [ref:7162]
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BERNSTEIN, LEONARD
A self-effacing autograph letter signed by the great American composer and conductor, on his personal letter-head, March 7, 1972. To Greek harpsichordist, Lina Lalandi, "I am honored beyond measure at your inviting me to become president of the English Bach Festival. I accept in humble awareness of the great men who have preceded me in this position; and while I know I can never rise to their stature I do hope to come as near to the standards they set as I possibly can.” Indeed Bernstein, as third president of this society, was in good company: Albert Schweitzer and Igor Stravinsky. 1page, 4to. With the original autograph addressed envelope bearing a second full signature in the return address. The two: [ref:3531]
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Bernstein, Leonard
Leonard Bernstein The 1975 Salzburg Festival for a revival of Mozart's Cosi fan tutte under the direction of Karl Bohm. On the front cover American composer and conductor has boldly signed with a brief musical quote from his Chichester Psalms. Bernstein was rarely at this prestigious music haven, but agreed to conduct both his work and ended the Festival with Mahler's epic Eighth Symphony. The year's program also saw the Salzburg debut of a young American conductor James Levine. 14 pages, 4 1/2 x 8 1/4 format.. [ref:4867]
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BERNSTEIN, LEONARD
LEONARD BERNSTEIN The 1975 Salzburg Festival featuring a revival of Mozart's Cosi fan tutte under the direction of Karl Bohm. On the front cover, the American composer and conductor has boldly signed adding a brief musical quote from his 1965 work Chichester Psalms. Bernstein was rarely visited the Salzburg Festival, though a prestigious music haven, but agreed to conduct both his work and end the Festival with Mahler's epic Eighth Symphony. That year's programs also saw the Salzburg debut of a young American conductor James Levine. 14 pages, 4 1/2 x 8 1/4 format. Some tape stains to top and bottom edges. [ref:6875]
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BERNSTEIN, LEONARD
LEONARD BERNSTEIN The 1975 Salzburg Festival for a revival of Mozart's Cosi fan tutte under the direction of Karl Bohm. On the front cover, the American composer and conductor has boldly signed with a brief musical quote from his Chichester Psalms. Bernstein was rarely at this prestigious music haven, but agreed to conduct both his work and end the Festival with Mahler's epic Eighth Symphony. That year's programs also saw the Salzburg debut of a young American conductor James Levine. 14 pages, 4 1/2 x 8 1/4 format. Some tape stains to top and bottom edges. [ref:6476]
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Bimboni, Alberto
An autograph musical quote signed by the Italian-American pianist, composer and opera conductor; from his 1926 opera Winona, Act I. l page, 12mo. [ref:3416]
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Bittner, Julius
An original Fayer of Vienna 3 1/4 X 5 photograph signed and dated Vienna, July 28, 1933, with an autograph musical quote from one of the Austrian composer’s operas. [ref:3435]
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