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2-1/3 pp. of a bifolium. Dated [Berlin]-Charlottenburg, January 23, 1902. In German (with transcription and translation). Regarding a recommendation for the director of the Berliner Tonkünstlerorchester, Herr Strunz, and mentioning Strauss's "Singgedicht," Feursnot. Strunz "is looking for some patrons enthusiastic about the arts who could help him materially... Is it very outrageous of me to bother you with this? Since, however, I myself, too, am only guided by purely artistic interest in this enterprise, to which I contribute the greatest sacrifices of time and effort myself, perhaps you will forgive me... I am going to travel to Vienna tomorrow for the premiere of my opera..."Creased at folds; four small file holes to blank inner margins filled in with matching paper just slightly affecting several letters.
STRAUSS, Richard 1864-1949
Autograph letter signed in full to "Herr Levy"
Price: $1,600.00
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Folio. Sewn. 1f. (title), [1] (blank), 4-29; [1] (title), 4-24; 1f. (title), [1] (blank), 4-23; [1] (title), 4-25 pp. Engraved. With occasional fingering in pencil.Some minor browning, foxing and soiling; title to first violin part with some minor tears and fading; minor staining to viola part; several manuscript annotations to title.
BOCCHERINI, Luigi 1743-1805
Sei Quartetti per Due Violini Viola e Violoncello... Opera XXXIII. [Set of parts]
Vienne Artaria [PN 34] [ca. 1782]
Price: $2,200.00
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Folio. Half dark green 19th century leather with spine in decorative compartments and titling gilt and titling, title portion of original upper wrapper laid down to upper board. 1f. (title incorporating the shield of the Prussian King), [ii] (subscribers list for opp. 123-125), 226 pp. Engraved. With a presentation inscription from the conductor Charles Munch to the distinguished French pianist and noted collector Alfred Cortot to front pastedown endpaper: "pour Alfred Cortot, mon maître, mon exemple le 26 Sept. 1938 Charles." With Cortot's distinctive decorative bookplate and pencilled annotation to front pastedown endpaper; two very small stamps to title, one the Cortot monogrammatic stamp and the other the oval stamp of "Tosi" (possibly the Italian conductor and pianist Orsini Alfonso Tosi 1878-1938). Some minor foxing (most noticeable to margins) and offsetting. A fine copy overall, with strong impression.
BEETHOVEN, Ludwig van 1770-1827
Sinfonie mit Schluss-Chor über Schillers Ode: "An die Freude"
Mainz und Paris; Antwerpen B. Schotts Söhnen; A. Schott [PN 2322] [August 1826]
Price: $38,000.00
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164 x 112 mm. Half-length, within an oval border. The composer is depicted holding a heavy chain in one hand from which hangs a medal, possibly denoting an honor received. With early manuscript annotation to mount. Without text within oval border to portrait or to area below portrait as is present in later issues; laid down to early mount.
SCHMELZER, Johann Heinrich ca. 1620/23 to 1680
Rare 17th century mezzotint portrait engraving before letters
Price: $3,500.00
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Folio. Vellum-backed marbled boards. 1f. (title), 1-14 pp. text ("Principes Elementaires de la Musique," "Méthode de Basson"), pp. 15-146 printed music, 147-149 text, [i] (blank). Engraved throughout. With one folding plate ("Tablature du Basson") including two illustrations of the bassoon and additional illustrations accompanying textual commentary at conclusion. Engraved throughout. Small oval handstamp to foot of title.Binding quite worn, rubbed and bumped; lacking front pastedown endpaper; front free endpaper torn. Slightly worn, foxed and soiled; inner margin of title dampstained; small edge tears to title; short tear to blank margin of folding plate repaired; stab holes to blank inner margins of first signatures; some creasing; other minor defects. Quite a good, wide-margined copy in original state.
OZI, Étienne
Nouvelle Édition de la Méthode de Basson...
Paris V. Dufaut [1803]
Price: $1,800.00
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2 volumes bound in one. Oblong octavo. 40 ff. in total consisting of 1f. (recto title within elaborate woodcut border, verso large decorative armorial woodcut), 1f. (recto dedication to the publishers, verso first page of music), ff. 3-20 (index to verso of final leaf); 2ff. (as above), ff. 23-40 (privilege to verso of final leaf). Fine large historiated woodcut initials throughout. A collection of 34 motets for 5 voices.Provenance: The collection of André Meyer (1884-1974).Slightly worn and browned; occasional foxing and other minor imperfections; first two leaves reinforced with paper tape to blank outer margins with no loss of text.
LASSUS, Orlande de 1532-1594
Primus [-Secundus] liber modulorum quinis vocibus constantium. [Countertenor part].
Paris Adrien le Roy & Robert Ballard 1571
Price: $15,500.00
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Folio. Contemporary boards. 1f. (title incorporating a fine engraved vignette depicting a male figure playing the flute standing next to a head-and-shoulders bust of Devienne by C. Heu), 169 pp. Engraved. With illustrations of the flute, numerous fingering charts and musical examples throughout. Includes 12 duets and 6 sonatas for two flutes by Devienne; pages 154-169 with18 short solos and 6 duets by Hugot. Binding quite worn, lacking spine, partially detached. Slightly worn, foxed and stained; a few leaves frayed and soiled at lower edges; several tears repaired.
DEVIENNE, François 1759-1803
Méthode Complète pour le Flute Dédiée à Monsieur Roslin d'Ivry...
Paris A. Petit [PN 1244] [1825-1838]
Price: $650.00
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Oblong folio. Early quarter calf with marbled boards, diamond-shaped black leather title label with titling and decorative gilt stamping to upper. 1f. (title), [1] (cast list and contents), 2-183 pp. Engraved. Binding slightly worn, rubbed and bumped. Minor browning and offsetting; first and last leaves foxed; several margins repaired.
MOZART, Wolfgang Amadeus 1756-1791
[K 366]. Idomeneo Ré di Creta. Opera seria in tre atti... [Piano-vocal score]
Bonn N. Simrock [PN] 51 [ca. 1798-1800]
Price: $850.00
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