Oblong octavo, 119 x 188 mm. A 2-note phrase on a hand-drawn stave, notated in ink and dated December 28, 1910.
With the signatures of the highly distinguished American operetta composer Victor Herbert (1859-1924) and the American composer Frederick S. Converse, dated March 18, 1910, to verso.
Slightly browned; small remnant of mounting tape to upper blank margin of verso.
"Although his music is regarded as a synthesis of many prevailing styles, Humperdinck was very much an individual... His harmonic language and instrumentation do recall Wagner occasionally, but also Richard Strauss and Mahler, who were his contemporaries." Ian Denley in Grove Music Online.
Converse's romantic opera, The Pipe of Desire, was the first American opera, and the first opera in English, to be performed at the Metropolitan Opera in New York; it had its first performance there on March 18, 1910, the date of the present autograph. The opera premiered in Boston on January 31, 1906.
An interesting example associating three noted 19th century composers. Item #22392
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