Postcard photograph with autograph signature of the noted conductor dated November 27, 1913. Addressed to Walter Honig in Vienna. Bruno WALTER.

Postcard photograph with autograph signature of the noted conductor dated November 27, 1913. Addressed to Walter Honig in Vienna.

Studio of Pietzner in Vienna.

Slightly worn; remnants of former mount to verso.

From the collection of the distinguished American mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne (b. 1934).

One of the most important conductors of the 20th century, Bruno Walter was born in Germany and emigrated to the United States in 1939, becoming an American citizen in 1946. A protégé of Gustav Mahler, he indefatigably championed his mentor's works in Europe and abroad.

"During the 1940s and 50s Walter’s principal orchestra was the New York PO, for which he served as musical adviser (1947–9); he also conducted other major orchestras throughout the USA, including those in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago and Philadelphia. ... Treating his players as colleagues, he drew a sensuous tone from the orchestra, employing rubato with consummate skill, juxtaposing fierce drama and warm lyricism. His sensitivity to contrapuntal texture and overall structure allowed him to bring out fine details without damaging a work’s integrity. He sought to penetrate ‘to the core’ of a composition and, detesting ‘routine’ performances, continually endeavoured to present a piece ‘as if it were receiving its world première’." Erik Ryding and Rebecca Pechefsky in Grove Music Online.

The Honig family emigrated from Vienna to England in September of 1938 and then to the United States in 1939. The family papers are held at the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C.

"Horne had a voice of extraordinary range, rich and tangy in timbre, with a stentorian chest register and an exciting top... In concert she once achieved the feat of singing in a single programme Rossini arias and Brünnhilde's Immolation Scene, proof of her exceptional versatility. Throughout her lengthy career she was an admired recitalist, singing lieder, mélodies, and Spanish and American songs with equal aplomb." Alan Blyth in Grove Music Online. Item #31786

Price: $275.00  other currencies

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