Postcard photograph with autograph signature of the Austrian composer. Addressed to Walter Honig in Vienna. Julius BITTNER.

Postcard photograph with autograph signature of the Austrian composer. Addressed to Walter Honig in Vienna

Postmarked September 17, 1916. Studio unknown.

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

Slightly worn.

Julius Bittner was an Austrian composer known primarily for his stage works. He composed both the music and libretti for fifteen operas, including his most successful work "Das höllisch Gold" of 1916. In his later years he turned more to operetta and collaborated with Korngold on "Walzer aus Wien" (1930), a Johann Strauss-inspired operetta. In addition to his stage works, Bittner also composed orchestral and chamber music, lieder, choral music, a large-scale mass, and a requiem mass that was left unfinished at his death.

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 #31787

Price: $100.00  other currencies

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