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ALS in German, signed “J. Brahms,” one page both sides, 4.25 x 6.75, November 16, 1889 [?]. Letter to Felix Hecht in Mannheim, in part (translated): "Finally here in Ischl I come to thank you for your kind regards. I don't understand your legal subtleties—but I don't fear them either, because I consider you an even better person than a lawyer, which, given your high repu…

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ALS in Italian, signed “Giacomo,” two pages both sides, 6.25 x 9, Torre del Lago letterhead, May 18, 1921. Letter to his lover, the German soprano Rose Ader. He writes that he has received the little picture of her in costume, and thinks it is sweet. He asks what opera it was. Perhaps Mozart? He did not write the previous day because he was nervous. He has no time for freedom to recol…

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Scarce AMQS on an off-white 8 x 6.5 sheet, prominently signed below, "Jean Sibelius." Sibelius boldly pens a line from his most famous work, the tone poem "Finlandia." In fine condition, with scattered light foxing and a central vertical fold. A large and impressive autograph from the great Finnish composer, rare in this format.

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AMQS on an off-white 7 x 5 album page, signed and inscribed in bold ink, "A Monsieur Oberdoerffer, souvenir, D. Richard Strauss, Paris, 14 Mai 1914." Strauss pens a couple bars from his ballet Josephslegende [The Legend of Joseph], which premiered at the Paris Opera on May 14, 1914. In fine condition, with light edge toning.

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Vintage matte-finish 6 x 8.75 photo of the composer, affixed to a 10.5 x 13.25 mount, signed on the mount in fountain pen with a three-bar musical quotation from 'Der Rosenkavalier,' inscribed below in German and signed, "D. Richard Strauss, Dresden 23.3.27." Also signed in pencil below the image by the photographer, Ursula Richter. In very good to fine condition, with silvering to the photo, and …

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Program for Bela Bartok and his wife, the pianist Ditta Pasztory, at the Town Hall in New York on November 24, 1940, 14 pages, 6 x 9, signed on the front cover in fountain pen, "Bela Bartok" and "Ditta Pasztory Bartok." In fine condition, with light handling wear.

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Important British composer (1913-1976), widely regarded as the greatest since Purcell, whose works include the opera Peter Grimes, the War Requiem, and scores of choral works. Vintage fountain pen signature, "With best wishes, Benjamin Britten,” on an off-white 8 x 5 sheet of "The Red House, Aldeburgh, Suffolk" stationery, affixed to the first free end page of a 1979 hardcover edition of his…

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Vintage glossy 4.5 x 7 Angel Records promo photo of Callas in costume, signed and inscribed in the lower border in fountain pen, "A Dimitre Koen, Sincerely, Maria Callas, 1967.” In fine condition, with small creases to the top edge.

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Vintage glossy 5 x 7 full-length photo of Charpentier with a cigarette in his mouth and cane in his hand, featuring a handwritten musical quotation from the composer, featuring five bars of music and lyrics from the third act of his opera "Louise." Nicely matted and framed to an overall size of 10 x 12.25. In fine condition.

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Six books signed by noted classical musicians and composers, including: Aaron Copland (Our New Music, inscribed); Isaac Stern (Easton Press edition of My First 79 Years, numbered 299/1075); Philip Glass (two copies of Words Without Music); Andre Previn (No Minor Chords); and Lang Lang (Journey of a Thousand Miles). In overall very good to fine condition, with toning to the signed Copland page.

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Vintage glossy 7.25 x 9.5 photo of the young pianist, signed and inscribed in blue ballpoint, "To Moe Septu, with sincere best wishes, Van Cliburn, 28/I/61.” Affixed to a same-size mount and in fine condition, with trimmed edges.

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ALS, one page, 5 x 7.75, personal letterhead, January 16, 1955. Handwritten letter to composer Burrill Phillips, in full: "Of course it is O.K. about the Guggenheim application. Hope to see you at the concert on the 5th." In fine condition. Phillips, an American composer, teacher, and pianist, received Guggenheim fellowships in 1942-43 and 1961-62.

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Matte-finish 7.25 x 6.75 close-up photo of the great composer, affixed to its original 14 x 11 mount, signed on the mount in black felt tip, "Aaron Copland." In very fine condition. From the personal collection of Pamela Rankin-Smith, who was known for her unique candid photos.

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Notable French composer of ballets and operas (1836-1891). Superb partial unsigned handwritten musical manuscript by Delibes, one page, 13.75 x 10.5, no date. Delibes pens 24 bars from 'L'Air des clochettes' (The Bell Song) the most famous aria from his 1883 opera Lakmé. An identification notation is penned in the upper right in the hand of his wife. In very good to fine conditi…

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Group of nine personal calling cards of French composers, all annotated in their own hands, with a few signed. Includes: Jules Massenet, Cecile Chaminade, Charles Marie Widor (signed), Gabriel Pierne, Andre Messager, Paul Dukas, Alfred Bruneau (signed), Ernest Reyer, and Gustave Charpentier. In overall fine condition.

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Two items: an ink signature, "With W. S. Gilbert's compliments & thanks," on a sheet of Grim's Dyke letterhead, July 21, 1895; and an AQS from The Window, "'Follow, I follow the chase,' Arthur S. Sullivan," on an off-white slip. Double-matted and framed together with portraits to an overall size of 18 x 18. In overall fine condition. Accompanied by full letters of authenticity…

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ALS in French, signed “Ch. Gounod,” one page, 4.5 x 7, October 1, 1878. Handwritten letter to "My Dear Désirée," in full (translated): "Twenty-five of my family members will try just as you did—I receive ridiculous, miserable, shameful service. Authors are treated like the bottom of the barrel. And when one thinks of how many and of who comes ahead of them! It woul…

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Well-composed vintage glossy 8 x 10 photo of Heifetz posing with his violin, signed and inscribed in fountain pen, "To Paul Neal, Cordial regards and all good wishes—Jascha Heifetz, May 1939.” In very good condition, with silvering to the edges, and two creases to the lower left.

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Hungarian violinist and composer (1831-1907) ranked second only to Paganini among 19th-century virtuosi. ALS, three pages on two adjoining sheets, 4.5 x 7, April 8. Letter to Mrs. Senior, in part: "How much should I like to come out to Lavender Hill! But this time even the Sundays are not mine; I have had to look through 36 Symphonies, being an umpireā€¦I am anxious to get to Meran in Tyrol, where m…

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Composer who explored atonality and other modern styles, and wrote a number of books (1900-1991). AMQS on an off-white 9 x 3.5 musically lined sheet, signed and inscribed in fountain pen, "To Lionel A. Aucoin, from Ernst Krenek, 6-16-1944." Krenek pens a few bars of music and lyrics from his opera "Jonny spielt auf." In very fine condition.

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French composer (1842-1912) best known for such operas as 'Manon,' 'Werther,' and 'Thais.' Untranslated ALS in French, signed “Massenet,” three pages on two adjoining sheets, 4.5 x 7, July 13, 1898. In fine condition.

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French composer (1819-1880) best known for his popular stage works, most notably Orpheus in the Underworld (including the famous 'Can-Can') and The Tales of Hoffmann. ALS in French, one page, 5.25 x 8.25, Theatre des Bouffes-Parisiens letterhead, December 22, 1858. Untranslated handwritten letter. In fine condition, with some small stains to the top, and a brush to one word of text. Offenb…

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Piano virtuoso known especially for his interpretations of Chopin (1887-1982). Signed book: My Young Years. First edition, limited issue, numbered 118/350. NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 1973. Hardcover with dust jacket and slipcase, 6.5 x 9.5, 478 pages. Signed on the colophon in black ink by Rubinstein. In very good to fine condition, with some minor toning and staining to the jacket, and edgewear and spl…

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ALS in French, signed “C. Saint-Saens,” one page, 5 x 8, August 8, 1900. Lengthy untranslated letter by the revered composer, incorporating a desirable autograph musical quotation in a hand-drawn scroll on the final page. In fine condition.

Now At: $267 (3 bids)