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1. Bach, August Wilhelm. (1796-1869) [Schneider, Friedrich. (1786-1853)].
Autograph Transcription of a Psalm & Hymn

Autograph copy of a psalm and hymn text in the hand of the 19th-century German composer and organist (unrelated to J. S. Bach), an important member of the musical life of Berlin and a teacher of the young Mendelssohn. Bach has written out the German text of a piece for choir and winds by Friedrich Schneider, "Jehowah! Dir frohlockt der König." 51 lines in ink and pencil in three sections, the first two headed "Psalm" and "Hymnus," and the final section in pencil with some strikethroughs and corrections. 3 pp. Unsigned, undated [ca. 1830's]. In delicate condition with creases and some significant tears, writing in pencil on the final leaf, overall good. 8.5 x 10.75 inches (22 x 27.2 cm).

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2. Bach, J.S. (1685-1750).
GROSSE PASSIONSMUSIK NACH DEM EVANGELIUM MATTHAEI ...VOLLSTÄNDIGER KLAVIERAUSZUG VON ADOLPH BERNHARD MARX, [VOCAL SCORE]

Berlin: Schlesinger. [1830]. First Edition, Second Issue. Oblong 4to (c.24.5 x 33cms). Engraved throughout. [PN] 1571.  List of subscribers (3 pages), index on verso, 190 pp. Publisher’s stamp to title, performance markings in pencil, ownership inscription neatly cut from top outer corner of the title affecting the engraved surface, small margin tears to one page, otherwise in very crisp and fine condition throughout.  Quarter vellum, brown marbled boards. First edition of the vocal score, second issue (plate number corrected on p.157). Fuld, p.171; RISM B 436; cf Hoboken 27.  Read More...

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3. [Bach, J.S. (1685-1750)] Spitta, Julius August Philipp. (1841-1894).
1876 Autograph Letter to Edmund Astor - "The foreword for the Bach Cantatas will in fact have to be changed..."

Rare autograph letter from the German music historian and musicologist best known for his 1873 biography of Johann Sebastian Bach and as the founder, in 1874, of the Leipzig Bach-Verein. Dated January 24, 1876. Writing to Leipzig music publisher Edmund Astor (son-in-law of Jakov Rieter-Biedermann and director of the Rieder-Biedermann Verlag's Leipzig office), Spitta acknowledges the receipt of a payment and clarifies the terms of an agreement about the publication of an article about the Leipzig Bach-Verein. He details the changes which will need to be made to his introduction to a volume of Bach cantatas which will be published by Rieter-Biedermann, and finishes by mentioning Heinrich von Herzogenberg, his co-founder of the Bach-Verein, who has recently stepped in for Alfred Volkland to conduct a concert. Full translation below. 2 pp. on a bifolium, with one area of light smudging but overall in fine condition. 5.5 x 8.5 inches (14 x 21.7 cm). Read More...

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4. Barber, Samuel. (1910-1981).
Collection of Photographs and Magazines

An important collection of original and mostly unique photographs and magazines relating to the important American composer, from the collection of Manfred Ibel, the dedicatee of his Piano Concerto and his friend and protege. The photographs include two wonderful original childhood portraits of Barber aged 3 and 13, as well as numerous later portraits, and photographs with his partner Gian Carlo Menotti, with colleagues Vladimir Horowitz and Dimitri Mitropoulos, and at the White House with the Kennedys. 77 original snapshots give a glimpse into the private life of Barber and his friends, showing vacation scenes in Menotti and Barber's country retreat, Capricorn, and in Europe. Also included are several 1960's magazines with articles on Barber, two programs,and several sheets of contact sheets and negatives. Read More...

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5. [Barber, Samuel. (1910-1981)] Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Certificate Awarding the Composer the Governor's Citation

Original certificate awarding the important American composer the Governor's Citation of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Dated September 22, 1971 and signed by Governor Milton J. Shapp and Secretary of the Commonwealth C. Delores Tucker. Born in West Chester, Pennsylvania, Barber studied at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia and maintained a close link to the city throughout his life. The composer's name is hand-lettered and a gold seal with purple ribbons is affixed at the foot. One slight chip to the edge and mounting remnants on the verso; overall in fine condition. 11 x 14 inches (28 x 35.7 cm).

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6. [Barber, Samuel. (1910-1981)] Copland, Browning, Elias, Bernstein, Graham, Robbins, Auden, Coward, Leinsdorf, Dorati, Kostelanetz, Reznik, Gish etc. .
Collection of Letters and Telegrams to Samuel Barber from the Premieres of "Vanessa" and "Antony & Cleopatra"

A fascinating and important collection of autograph letters and telegrams to the important American composer, dating from the premieres of his two operas, Vanessa (1958), and Antony and Cleopatra (1966). Included are autograph letters from Aaron Copland, John Browning (who premiered Barber's Piano Concerto), Rosalind Elias (the original Erika in Vanessa and Charmain in Antony and Cleopatra), Ignace Strasvogel, and other friends and admirers, and telegrams from Leonard Bernstein, Martha Graham, Jerome Robbins, W. H. Auden, Noel Coward, and many others. Read More...

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Lovely original ink drawing of the two composers and partners, with another unidentified man. Signed and dated: Manfred Ibel, 1960. Ibel was a German art student and the flutist for whom Barber wrote the Elegy for Flute and Piano (1959). He became a travel companion and close friend to the composer, and was later the dedicatee of Barber's Piano Concerto. Upper edge rough, some very slight creases; overall in fine condition. 14 x 11 inches (35.3 x 27.3 cm).

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A small collection of letters and clippings related to the important American composer and his collaborator and partner, Gian Carlo Menotti. A wonderful birthday letter from Menotti to Barber, on letterhead from their country home, Capricorn, is illustrated with hand drawn camels and a cat bringing Barber gifts and kisses: "I have never before in my life been quite as extravagant with either my greetings or my kisses - but I don't want to appear stingy for your birthday... they are my most precious kisses (and I am sure they'll fit you very nicely --)..." [2 pp., n.d.] In very fine condition. Read More...

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9. Bartók, Béla. (1881-1945).
Autograph Signature

An original clipped autograph signature from the important Hungarian composer, together with two later photographs. One half-tone photograph is clipped from a program and trimmed into a circle; the other photograph, in color, advertises a stamp bearing Bartok's signature and image. In fine condition overall. Signature 2.5 x 1 inches (6 x 2.5 cm); photographs 4.25 x 4.75 inches (11 x 12 cm) and 3.5 x 4.5 inches (8.8 x 11.8 cm).

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10. [Bartók, Béla. (1881-1945)] Dukas, Paul. (1865-1935).
Autograph Letter to Prunieres, Lamenting a Missed Meeting with Bartok

Neatly penned autograph letter, one page, 5 x 6.5, no date but postmarked April 6, 1922. Addressed on the reverse in Dukas’s own hand to Henri Prunières and signed "Paul Dukas." The letter apologizes for missing a visit from the addressee and from "Monsieur Béla Bartok, whose acquaintance I would have been delighted to make. All the more so since I must respond to your kind invitation for Saturday. I have to be in Valenciennes on Sunday to help with the concert of the Societé du Conservatoire there. And if I don't take the train at 5:10 in the evening on Saturday, I will have to get up at 6:30 to leave on Sunday morning! So in this case despite all my regrets, I must excuse myself..." A scarce and rather charming letter from the French composer, critic, scholar and teacher best known for his "L'apprenti sorcier "(The Sorcerer's Apprentice) and his opera "Ariane et Barbe-bleue." Read More...

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11. Bartok, Bela. (1881-1945) & Kodály, Zoltán. (1882-1967).
Magyar Népdalok énekhangra és zongorára (Hungarian Folksongs for voice and piano)

Budapest: Rozsnyai Károly. [1906]. First. First edition of the Hungarian Folksongs for voice and piano, a collection to which the two great Hungarian composers each contributed ten songs. [PN] B. K. 4to. Softcover, 27 pp. Spine reinforced with fabric tape and staples; some wear to the covers and edges but internally fine and overall in very good condition. Read More...

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12. Bartok, Bela. (1881-1945).
Quatour pour 2 violons, alto et violoncell

Budapest: Rózsavölgyi & Cie.. [1909]. First Edition in score. Miniature score of Bartók's Quartet no. 1, op. 7 (BB 52, Sz 40, W 20, Somfai 308.) [PN] R. & Co. 3287. 38 pp. 5.25 x 7.5 inches (13.5 x 19 cm). Two slight creases to the cover, some toning; overall in fine condition. Read More...

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An excellent bound collection of 14 piano scores, 12 of which are London imprints, 1806 -1826. Including four Piano Trios by Beethoven, six keyboard reductions of Symphonies by Haydn, and works by Eberl [Mozart/Pleyel], Cherubini and Mayseder. All in extremely fine and clean condition. Bound together in scuffed orange marbled boards, 3/4 brown leather. Front joint a little weak, portions of spine covering chipped off, otherwise excellent. As follows: Read More...

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14. Beethoven, Ludwig van. (1770-1827).
Grande Sonate Pathétique pour Piano-Forte. Op. 13.

Paris: [Isouard] Au Dépôt central de la librairie, rue des filles st Thomas n° 3 . Ca. 1820 (based on publisher address).

Upright folio. Engraved throughout. [PN] D. 43. L.. Title; 1-20 pp. On t.p. above imprint at right: Prix: 7f. 50c, and with the stamp of Troupenas, who acquired the Isouard firm in 1825, lower right. Title pages lightly stained and toned, spine reinforced with red canvas strip, lightly creased, scattered markings in pencil, overall very good. A scarce early French edition, not listed in Kinsky-Halm. 




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15. Beethoven, Ludwig van. (1770-1827) .
QUATUOR / No. V. / de / van / L. van Beethoven, / arrangé / Pour le Piano-Forte / à quatre mains

Leipzig: Breitkopf & Härtel. [1821]. First edition of arrangement for piano 4 hands. Beethoven's string quartet no. 5 in A major, op. 18, no. 5, arranged for piano four hands. Oblong folio. 24.5 x 33 cm.  Lithographed. [PN] 3221(odd pages only).  Title; Music (2-35 pp.), blank. Scattered foxing throughout especially to early and late pages, light water stain to upper quarter of last 10 pages, closely trimmed along the upper edge without losses to music.   Read More...

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16. Beethoven, Ludwig van 1770-1827.
Siebente Grosse Sinfonie in A dur von Ludwig von Beethoven. 92tes Werk. Vollstandige Partitur. [Full Score]

Vienna: S. A. Steiner. [1816]. First Edition, First Issue. First edition of the Seventh Symphony, preceding the parts issue.  224 pages, 4to (c.24.5 x 20 cms), engraved title and dedication leaf to Moritz von Fries, lithographed music, plate no.2560, unpriced on title.  The prodigy organist William Crotch's signed copy dated August 1827. Later three-quarters morocco gilt, untrimmed. 10 1/4 x 8 inches (26.2 x 21 cm); with engraved title, dedication and pages 2-224 of lithographed music (p. 1 blank). Old dampstain to gutter causing short split to lower gutter margin and affecting first leaves, small paper replacement to lower right corner of title, p. 39, and final leaf, early London bookseller's stamp to title, spotted throughout, the binding rubbed along joints and extremities. [Hoboken 396; Fuld, p.561; Kinsky, p.259; Hirsch IV.346]  Read More...

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17. Bellini, Vincenzo. (1801-1835).
Autograph Musical Manuscript - A Study in Counterpoint, Napoli, 1819

Early autograph musical manuscript in the hand of the Italian operatic composer. 32 pp. total, numbered in a later hand; pp. 1-16 are in Bellini's hand; pp. 17-32 are in an unknown hand. Half vellum binding with printed cover label titled "Studio del Contrappunto fatto da Vincenzo Bellini, Napoli 1819, Autografo." 11.5 x 9 inches (29.5 x 23.5 cm). Some light edge wear and foxing, especially to the later pages not in Bellini's hand, and one chip to the binding, but overall in fine condition. Read More...


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18. [Bellini, Vincenzo. (1801-1835)] Lablache, Luigi. (1794-1858) .
Sir Giorgio in I Puritani - Original Engraving

Original hand-colored engraving of the important Italian bass Luigi Lablache as Sir Giorgio in Bellini's I Puritani. Engraved by Louis Maleuvre and published by Hautecoeur-Martinet, Paris, [1835]. Light foxing; mounting remnants on verso; vibrantly colored and overall in fine condition. 6 x 9 inches (15 x 23 cm).

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19. Berlin, Irving. (1888-1989).
TLS About WWI Bands

Typed letter signed from the great American songwriter dated October 30, 1957, responding to a letter from a Miss May Patterson about Army band members in World War I: "As I recall, I was one of a committee assigned to purchase band music for the overseas bands. Unfortunately, I have no information regarding any of the alumni... In closing, let me say that your letter brought back many memories of the First World War." On his letterhead and with the original envelope with "Irving Berlin's 'Sayonara'" stamp; some thumbtack holes but overall in fine condition. 7.25 x 10.5 inches (18.3 x 26.5 cm).

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20. Berlioz, Hector. (1803-1869) [Escudier, Léon. (1821-1881)].
Autograph Letter Thanking Escudier for his Article

A short autograph letter from the French Romantic composer, addressed to the French journalist, music critic and music publisher Léon Escudier and thanking him for a "superb and warm" article about his works. Translated from the French, in full: "My dear Escudier (I believe it was Leon who was the author), I came to shake your hand and thank you for the superb and warm article. There has rarely been written on my compositions something which is so remarkable in its insights, and which has made me so happy. Yours, H. Berlioz." 1 p., with an additional cover page addressed to Escudier. No place, no date. One tear, some small chips, smudges, and toning; overall in very good condition. 4.25 x 5 inches (10.5 x 13 cm). Together with a later sepia postcard portrait of the composer, 5 x 7 inches (12.5 x 17.7 cm). Read More...

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