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AUTOGRAPHS - Composers

Autographs from classical music, opera, operetta and ballet composers. All original autographs, guaranteed authentic. All items listed are in stock.

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Autographs - Composers

(Item #: M4841-Y4-A)

French composer and music critic (1803-1856), prolific creator of ballets and operas, Adam is best known for his ballets Giselle (1841) and Le Corsaire (1856). 

Autograph letter signed, discussing about the publication of his operas with an unknown recipient. One sheet folded, written on both sides of the same fold (see scans of front and verso, and translation), each page is 5.25 x 8.25 inches. In French, sold with a translation into English, in very good condition. 

PRICE: $625.00 USD

(Item #: N5911-V1-3)

American composer (b.1947) with strong roots in minimalism. Among other works, Adams has created several well-known operas, including the controversial The Death of Klinghoffer. Signed photo, 8 x 10 inches.

PRICE: $85.00 USD

(Item #: GB1951-GX282A)
Italian composer (1898-1993), who created a number of operettas in the 1920's. Signed photo, inscribed to Italian bass Carlo Badioli. Blind stamp on front, by photographer Lauro, Trieste. Mounted on a cardboard sized 4.75 x 6.75 inches.

PRICE: $90.00 USD

(Item #: GB1734-GX281H)
Brazilian composer and virtuoso guitarist (1917-1995), autograph music quote from his first concerto for guitar and orchestra, five bars. Inscribed and dated in 1995. Size is 5 x 3 inches, in excellent condition.

PRICE: $80.00 USD

(Item #: GA9662-GX220F)
Brazilian composer and virtuoso guitarist (1917-1995), signed promo photo, inscribed and dated in 1989. Size is 8 x 10 inches, in excellent condition.

PRICE: $60.00 USD

(Item #: M1004-R4-1)

Lot of 3 composers: Ross Lee Finner (1906-1997) typed letter signed and dated in 1962; Andrew Imbrie (1921-2007), typed letter signed with letterhead and autograph music quote signed by him of his String Quartet No.1 plus photo; Henry Cowell (1897-1965), teacher, publisher and impresario, autograph letter signed.

PRICE: $160.00 USD

(Item #: M4861-Y4-A)
English composer, organist and music critic (1836-1903), Anderton wrote popular cantatas, operettas, songs and a symphony, among other pieces. Signed cabinet photo by H.J. Whitlock, Birmingham. Trimmed at the bottom, size is 4.25 x 6.4 inches, very good condition.

PRICE: $100.00 USD

(Item #: N4352-Z1-6)

Austrian composer, conductor and violist (b.1927), signed photo, 3.5 x 5.5 inches, stamped on verso by photographer Fayer, Vienna

PRICE: $45.00 USD

(Item #: N3793-GG1-8)

American composer (b. 1930), known for his operas and other theatrical works that incorporate modern instruments and extended techniques. Signed photo, 5 x 7 inches

PRICE: $48.00 USD

(Item #: M2876-R5-9)

French composer (1782-1871), who focused mostly on opera, composing almost 50 of them - his most important creations include Fra Diavolo and La Muette de Portici.

Autograph letter signed by him, dated in Paris on January 31st, 1849, to the director of an opera house, on letterhead from the Conservatoire National de Musique et Declamation, Paris. Letter is in French, and is sold untranslated. Auber respectfully asks to borrow a few accessories only to be found in this person´s theater, for an upcoming performance of La Gazza Ladra (La Pie Voleuse, in French) by students of the Conservatoire. Auber mentions that in the past, a previous director has agreed to help.

One page, sized 5 x 8 inches, in excellent condition.

ALSO INCLUDED is a vintage print of the composer, sized 9.25 x 12.5 inches (actual image is 7.5 x 5.75 inches), a perfect companion to the letter if framed together. See photos.

PRICE: $575.00 USD

(Item #: M4845-Y4-A)

Russian composer (1837-1910) and also pianist and conductor, known today mostly for his work promoting the music of his country. Balakirev was one of the group of Russian nationalist composers known as The Five (together with Borodin, Rimsky-Korsakov, Cui and Mussorgsky).

Autograph letter signed, dated in 1909, asking a friend to go to the pharmacy for medicine for him, and stating how hard it has been to get his prescription filled. Also included is the prescription. Autograph letter is one page, 4.5 x 7.5 inches, in Russian, sold untranslated, has a small repair, otherwise in very good condition. Prescription is 8.75 x 11 inches, in excellent condition.

PRICE: $900.00 USD

(Item #: N7848-M7-4)

British composer (1868-1946), toured extensively as a conductor, later became a music educator. Bantock created many vocal works including 4 operas and choral music, as well as 4 symphonies and other orchestral works - and chamber music.

Nice signed photo postcard, boldly signed across, 3.25 x 5.25 inches, minor silvering on borders, otherwise in very good condition.

PRICE: $125.00 USD

(Item #: M2366-X4-1)

English composer and teacher (1837-1916), originally from a family of musicians, Barnett created a fair amount of both orchestral and vocal music.

Autograph music quote signed, with 14 bars of music for piano from an unknown piece, dated in Leipzig in 1860, sized 7 x 4.75 inches. Mounting traces on verso, otherwise in excellent condition, rare

PRICE: $200.00 USD

(Item #: M4593-X1-A7)
German composer of classical music (1918-2010), created mostly instrumental and orchestral music, Baur was one of the last composers of the old school. Signed photo, dated on the back in pencil in 1975, size is 4 x 5.75 inches, in excellent condition.

PRICE: $45.00 USD

(Item #: GB1737-GX281H)
American composer (1921-2010), particularly known for his operas, such as "Lizzie Borden", "Hello Out There!" and "The Sweet Bye and Bye". Autograph music quote signed, from Hello out there!, dated in 1994, New York. Size is 5 x 3 inches, in excellent condition.

PRICE: $150.00 USD

(Item #: J0030-SA2-2)

Siegfried Behrend (1933 - 1990) was a German classical guitarist and composer. From 1968 till 1990, he conducted the newly founded German Plucked String Orchestra. Photo size 4 x 6 inches

PRICE: $40.00 USD

(Item #: GB1721-GX281G)
Set of three cards each one with a half-tone photo and a signature cut of three Belgian composers. Leon Jongen (1884-1969), Andre Souris (1899-1970) and Lodewijk de Vocht (1887-1977). Each card is 4 x 5.75 inches, in exellent condition.

PRICE: $100.00 USD

(Item #: M4832-D4H)

Italian opera composer (1801-1835), one of the greatest of the Bel Canto era. Letter handwritten and signed by him, dated in Paris, May 22nd, 1835 - this is shortly before his death in September of the same year. Written in Italian, sold untranslated, Bellini is asking someone to help his friend Count Barbó who is coming to Paris. One page, 5.25 x 8 inches, in excellent condition. 

Also included is a vintage print of the composer, a nice addition to this letter if you wish to frame them together. Size is 6.5 x 10.25 inches, in excellent condition. See scans.

PRICE: $5,500.00 USD

(Item #: M4210-W1E)

Italian opera composer (1801-1835), one of the greatest of the Bel Canto era. Signed ticket pass for 2 people, for the last rehearsal of his last opera, "I Puritani", which was world premiered at the Theatre Royal Italien in Paris, January 24th 1835.  World premiere included super star singers such as Grisi, Rubini, Tamburini and Lablache.

Ticket size is 5.25 x 3.75 inches, mounted on a slightly wider piece of paper to a total width of 5.6 inches. Bold, very clear Bellini signature on the lower right. A very rare, cute and truly amazing piece of memorabilia.

PRICE: $4,375.00 USD

(Item #: GB1725-GX281G)
English composer, pianist, conductor and educator (1816-1875), who had a significant influence on English music. Bennett created piano music, chamber music, orchestral, coral music and songs. Fragment from an autograph note, hand-written and signed by him. Size is 4.5 x 5.25 inches, has folds, in very good condition.

PRICE: $225.00 USD

(Item #: N2781-X3-4)

Italian composer (1925-2003), noted for his experimental music and experimental work in electronic music. Signed photo, 4.75 x 4 inches, in excellent condition

PRICE: $160.00 USD

(Item #: A0085-A1-1)

Russian-born American composer (1888-1989), widely considered one of the greatest songwriters in American history.

Signature on card, 5 x 3 inches, in excellent condition.

PRICE: $375.00 USD

(Item #: GA6831-GX210F)
Russian-born American composer and lyricist (1888-1989), Berlin was a prolific writer of over 1500 songs, and over a dozen each Broadway musicals and film scores - including the famous song "God Bless America". Gorgeous signed photo, 8 x 10 inches, shown in front of the piano, inscribed. Stamped on verso by photographer Vandamm, New York. Photo has some tape residues on the back, it is otherwise in excellent condition.

PRICE: $575.00 USD

(Item #: M4890-OS10)

Poster signed by the American conductor and composer (1918-1990), and librettist Sam Wadsworth, for the world premiere of Bernstein´s 1-act opera "A Quiet Place". This performance took place in Houston, Texas, June 17th, 1983, together with another opera by Bernstein, "Trouble in Tahiti". After this widely criticized and quite unsuccessful premiere of "A Quiet Place", Bernstein and Wadsworth revised the opera cutting some scenes, incorporating "Trouble in Tahiti" in a new, second act of a 3-act version of this opera.

Size is 18.5 x 25.5 inches, some overall yellowish tone that is not present on borders (since this was kept framed), otherwise in very good condition.

PRICE: $650.00 USD

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