Postcard photograph with autograph signature of the Austrian poet and playwright dated February 2, 1919. Anton WILDGANS.

Postcard photograph with autograph signature of the Austrian poet and playwright dated February 2, 1919.

With blindstamp of Magasin Metropole to lower left margin of recto. Incorrectly identified in another hand as Wolfgang Windgassen on verso.

From the collection of the distinguished American mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne (b. 1934); previously in the collection of Walter Honig.

Slightly worn.

Anton Wildgans was a leading author in Vienna, nominated four times for the Nobel Prize in Literature.

"Wildgans’ plays, such as the trilogy Armut (1914; “Poverty”), Liebe (1916; “Love”), and Dies irae (1918), begin in a realistic world that becomes less and less comprehensible and more and more concerned with feeling as the play goes on, culminating in a mystical, symbolic sensing of truth. As a counterpart to this trilogy of Viennese middle-class family life, he planned another of a mythological or religious character; only the first part, Kain (1920; “Cain”), was published." Encyclopædia Britannica.

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 #31800

Price: $25.00  other currencies

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