THE AUTOGRAPH BLOG

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 Classical Pianist 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...

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....

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 - An Overview

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.

Cecile Chaminade - French Composer and Pianist

Cécile Chaminade, in full Cécile Louise Stéphanie Chaminade (1857 – 1944), is a French Composer and a popular concert pianist. Though a very gifted and versatile composer, she was chiefly known for her graceful and romantic piano music and songs, which were very appropriate for the Parisian salon music events...

Facsimile Autograph: How to Detect Printed Signatures

HOW TO KNOW WHEN AN AUTOGRAPH IS PRINTED OR IS IN FACT A REAL ONE CONTAINING REAL LIVE INK   In an earlier blog article, we mentioned that “the most frequently asked question when authenticating historical autographs is how to tell if an autograph is real?” The article went on...

Frederic Chopin: The Funeral March Story

THE SONATA   Chopin at the house of Prince Radzivill in Posen Frédéric Chopin's Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 35, also known as Chopin Funeral March (which is actually only a part of this sonata), was composed between the years 1837 and 1839. The work was completed...

Autographed Guitars - A Sound Investment in Signed Collectibles

Many fans love to have a guitar signed by someone who is famous either for singing and playing the guitar or just for playing alone. It is a rather costly autograph investment, compared with photographs, and it occupies a much larger space, but signed guitars are still greatly appreciated by...

Hermann Levi: A Champion of Progress and Tradition

Hermann Levi, the German conductor, Known as the conductor of Jewish origin who against all odds was the conductor at Richard Wagner’s Parsifal premiere.

Benjamin Britten’s Red House in Aldeburgh, UK - A Visit

Are you a music lover? Then, you’ll enjoy Benjamin Britten’s House in Aldeburgh. Nicknamed The Red House, it provides visitors with a window in the life of the prodigious composer.

Michael Rabin – America’s First Teen Violin Sensation

Michael Rabin was known as one of the preeminent violin virtuosos of the 20th century. After a debut at Carnegie Hall at the age of 13, Michael went on to travel over 700,000 miles during his career. Sadly, the career of Michael Rabin was cut extremely short. He died at...

Photo Top Loaders - Safely Store your Collectible Autographs

Top Loaders are a very convenient storage solution: sleeve-like items that usually have only one open side. They are usually made of Polyvinyl Chloride, or PVC, which is chemically non-reactive/inert. Here you can learn more about them, manufacturers, prices and sizes.

Giacomo Puccini and the World Premiere of La Bohème

INTRODUCTION  According to Operabase, Giacomo Puccini’s La bohème is not only the composer’s most performed opera but it is also amongst the most often produced works of the entire repertoire only slightly behind such giants as Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Verdi’s La Traviata and Bizet’s Carmen. However, La bohème’s grand scale...

Maria Callas Debut at The Metropolitan Opera

Maria Callas during the curtain call after her debut as Norma at the Met, 1956 October 29, 1956. It remains as vivid to me now as it was then, when I was there, sixty-five years ago. Maria Callas was at last making her eagerly awaited debut on the stage of...

Hugo Wolf – The Great Austrian Composer of Songs

Hugo Wolf (1860-1903) was born in Slovenjgrade, Slovenia. His family was of predominantly German origin. Philipp Wolf, Hugo’s father, forcibly succeeded his father, Franz Wolf in the leather trade. Star conductor Herbert von Karajan was related to him via Hugo's mother. However, he found consolation in music and taught himself...

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Showing items 49-72 of 186.

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