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THE AUTOGRAPH BLOG

Live at the Met, 1900-1903: the Mapleson Cylinders

Miracle of miracles, we are obliged not only to imagine the sound of some of the starry evenings in the last years of Maurice Grau’s regime--we can actually hear their dim echo in recordings made “live at the Met” from 1900 until 1903. For this boon we are grateful to...

Autograph Collectors of the Past: Louis Koch

Louis Koch (1862-1932) was a true Renaissance man with a profound appreciation for beauty in any form. As a jeweler by trade, he stood at the head of a house with a worldwide reputation for quality, he occupied great stature in the high society of Frankfurt, Germany, and he owned...

Gone with the Wind Collectibles: A Look

Gone With the Wind is an all-time American movie classic. Even when it was released, way back in 1939, it was already a national sensation, as its opening day was declared a state holiday by the governor of Georgia. Gone With the Wind was the most expensive film production until...

Radu Lupu, A Romanian Pianist, Has Died At Age 76

On Sunday, April 17, 2022, Lupu passed away in Lausanne, Switzerland, after a protracted illness. Lupu served as a role model and a source of motivation for musicians worldwide. Among the many composers whose works he has recorded are Schubert, Mozart, Bartok, Beethoven, and Brahms. Pianist Radu Lupu was born...

The 2022 New York international Antiquarian Book Fair!

  After a 2-year absence due to the pandemic, the largest fair in the antiquarian book world is now open With nearly 200 dealers from the US and Europe, the fair at the Park Avenue Armory attracts over 25,000 visitors in every edition. There is, as always, lots of media...

Bronislaw Huberman and the Orchestra of Exiles

A SON IS BORN On December 19, 1882, in the small city of Czestochowa, Silesia, Poland, Alexandra Huberman births her first child, Bronislaw. Jacob barely showed any interest in his child but was content to know that he had long, strong fingers with which he can play the violin with...

The Met’s Golden Age in the Gilded Age: 1891-1903

Each generation of music-lovers tends to look back longingly at the recent past and reminisce about what seemed to them a “Golden Age.” But commentators of opera in New York tend to agree that the true ”Golden Age” corresponds to what has been called “the Gilded Age,” the late 19th...

How to Protect your Autographs from Fading

Welcome to this guide on the steps you can take to take care of your autograph collection. Over time, autographs will fade if they're not taken care of appropriately and there's nothing worse than a beloved autograph fading and becoming unrecognizable. By storing them properly, you can rest assured that...

The Rimsky-Korsakov Museum in St Petersburg, Russia - A Visit

For classical music fans visiting St. Petersburg, a visit to the Rimsky-Korsakov Museum is a must. This preserved apartment honors the legacy of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, one of Russia’s most famous composers. The lovingly reconstructed apartment is St. Petersburg’s only museum dedicated exclusively to one composer, making it a unique find...

Famous Signatures - Top 100 Celebrity Signatures in History

"The music of some composers resembles their handwriting: difficult to read, strange to look at once you get the hang of it. It is as if it couldn´t be any other way, handwriting belongs to the thought, the thought to the character" Robert Schumann, German composer (1810-1856)   A signature...

Lily Pons - Prima Donna Assoluta

Lily Pons was a French-American operatic soprano actress known for her skills at marketing herself and becoming one of the most well-known and beloved culture icons of her time. Her career was long and varied, working as an actress, opera singer, and concert singer plus made multiple appearances on radio...

Movie Memorabilia: The Many Items Collected Around the World

During the 1920s the movie industry really started to bloom, with big blockbusters capturing the imagination of old and small all over the world. For a select few that passion went further than just watching and re-watching their favorites on the silver screen, they wanted something more, something they can...

Famous Pianists: The Top 18 Historical Classical Piano Players of All Time

In the world of piano playing, prodigies and masters of the instrument have been dominating the scene since the time of J. S. Bach. From composer-pianists to those who performed their roles solely as players of the instrument, let us take a look at why these 18 historical pianists from...

Brünnhilde and “Holde Aida”: The Metropolitan Opera's German Seasons, 1884-1891

1890-91 The German company. Left and right of the table are Walter Damrosch and Anton Seidl   OPERA IN THE RED The Metropolitan’s opening season, 1883-84, ended deeply in debt. Henry Abbey’s all-star Italian opera company had been enormously costly. And the impresario had not taken into account the surfeit...

Lillian Nordica: Lily of the North - A Biography

Aged just two, Lillie Norton's mother took her to see "Aunt Eunice", a neighbor who had a local reputation as a witch. Looking at the child's palm, she made the following prediction - "you shall sail the seven seas, and the crowned heads of Europe will bow before you". Whatever...

The Claude Debussy House-Museum - La Maison Debussy - A Visit

Houses where composers were once born in and lived for a considerable part of their childhood or formative years can hold special meanings for many, for they were a contributing factor to the development of the musician in many ways. It also gives us a glimpse into the past, taking...

The Beatles: Memorabilia and Merchandise Throughout the Ages and Around the World

The Beatles were one of the most prolific bands of the twenty-first century and remain to this day an important and influential part of music history. The impact a band has on the culture surrounding it and wider pop culture as a whole can be seen in the way it...

Autograph CoA: Certificate of Authenticity? Facts You Should Know

So, you're looking to purchase a genuine autograph, and you've heard that it's best to have a CoA. But what is a CoA? An Autograph CoA, or Certificate of Authenticity, is usually a seal on paper intended to demonstrate that an item, in this case, an autograph, is authentic. Many...

Jacques Offenbach - Pioneer of the Operetta

Jacques Offenbach was a German-born French composer and cellist during the Romantic Period. While his famed Les Contes d'Hoffmann is considered his only full-length opera, his musical legacy lies primarily in his 100+ operettas that contain a unique mixture of social and political satire, along with catchy melodies and popular...

The Tchaikovsky House-Museum in Klin, Russia - A Visit

Front view of Tchaikovsky's House-Museum in Klin (Russia) THE TCHAIKOVSKY HOUSE Nearly everyone on the planet has heard of The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, and Sleeping Beauty, but not many can name the composer responsible for these brilliant works. Russian Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky conceived these ballets and many of his other most famous works...

Kathleen Ferrier: Klever Kaff

There is no need to say how much we loved and admired darling Kath, how we treasured her friendship and were honored and proud to work with her and for her. It is unbelievable that she is no longer with us, and that we shall never hear that glorious voice...

The Life of Chopin by Franz Liszt

INTRODUCTORY NOTES "Life of Chopin" is a biography of the renowned Polish composer and piano virtuoso, Fryderyk Chopin. The book was originally published in French in about 1863 and was later translated to English by Martha Cook. It is written from the perspective of an actual friend, admirer, and fellow composer...

Pablo de Sarasate: The Prodigy from Navarra

INTRODUCTION Born in Pamplona (Navarra), Spain on March 10th, 1844, Martín Melitón, later renamed Pablo  de Sarasate is amongst the most influential figures in the history of Spanish classical music and  one of the greatest violin virtuosi of all time. To this day his legacy lives, carried on by his concise...

Museo del Violino in Cremona, Italy - A Visit

About Il Museo del Violino in Cremona, Italy - its history, our visit, and many photographs.

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