In black ink on dark ivory paper, ca. 60 x 149 mm. With small vintage head-and-shoulders photograph, ca. 24 x 22 mm., of the noted English conductor laid down to upper margin.
First two measures from the Overture to Wagner's Tannhäuser. Notated in treble clef on one staff. In 3/4 time with a key signature of four sharps. With autograph titling "Ov. Tannhäuser Wagner."
Slightly soiled; trimmed; verso with minor annotations in pencil and remnants of former mount to upper edge.
"... In 1893 [Godfrey] undertook to organize a band for the Winter Gardens, Bournemouth. This was later augmented to become the Bournemouth Municipal Orchestra, of which Godfrey remained conductor until he retired in 1934. Despite heavy administrative commitments and conducting engagements elsewhere, he maintained a high standard of performance not only of works from the conventional repertory (as well as neglected symphonies by composers such as Bruch, Raff, Svendsen and Saint-Saëns) but also of important works by British composers. Parry, Stanford, Elgar, Ethel Smyth and Mackenzie were all invited to conduct at Bournemouth, and after the formation of a municipal choir (with 250 members) in 1911 the Winter Gardens festivals became famous. Godfrey was knighted in 1922 and elected FRAM in 1923. His Memories and Music (London, 1924) is informative on several aspects of the ‘English musical renaissance’." E.D. Mackerness in Grove Music Online. Item #25496
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