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Composer Manuscripts

Autograph manuscripts (letters, music quotes, signed clips, etc) from classical music, opera, operetta and ballet composers. All original autographs, guaranteed authentic. All items are in stock.

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Composer Autographs & Memorabilia


(Item #: GA0925-GX005)
German composer (1819-1885) and choral conductor, his career focused mostly in vocal music. Autograph note signed in 1879, written in French, one page, sold untranslated. Size is 5.5 x 8.5 inches, some folds, in excellent condition.

PRICE: $95.00 USD

(Item #: GA0920-GX004B)
American composer (1944-1998), pianist and organist. He was a pupil of Olivier Messiaen. Signed envelope with a few notes handwritten by him with a felt tip pen, mailed in 1969. Size is 6.5 x 3.7 inches, in excellent condition.

PRICE: $100.00 USD

(Item #: GA0080-GX001A)
German composer, pianist and publisher (1867-1934). Autograph note signed, with a short greeting in German, dated in 1916. Size is 6 x 4.6 inches, folded, in excellent condition.

PRICE: $40.00 USD

(Item #: S4651-Y5B)
Italian composer and pianist (1875-1954), best known today for his operas Cyrano de Bergerac and Resurrezione and for having completed the music of Puccini´s opera Turandot in 1926, after the composer´s death. Autograph letter signed by him, dated in San Remo in 1943, concerning music business, probably to a conductor ("Caro Maestro"...). Alfano refers to the situation of the musical theater with disappointment. In Italian, sold with a transcription and translation. One page with his letterhead at the top, handwritten on both sides, signed at the end, Size is 7.7 x 10.1 inches, folds, in excellent condition.

PRICE: $400.00 USD

(Item #: S4562-Y4H)
English composer (1948-1912), who created many popular psalms and romantic songs in her career, and was also a teacher. Autograph music quote signed by her, inscribed and dated in 1904, with 3 bars from one of her songs. Size is 5.6 x 4.5 inches, minor damage on the lower right corner, otherwise in excellent condition.

PRICE: $90.00 USD

(Item #: GA0778-GX003A)
Group of 14 autograph music quotes of music by modern/contemporary American composers, including: 1) composer William Bergsma (1921-1994), 2) composer, pianist and teacher Seymour Bernstein (b.1927), 3) American-Italian composer Chester Biscardi (b.1948), 4) composer Allan Blank (1925-2013), 5) composer and conductor Victoria Bond (b.1945), 6) composer Martin Boykan (b.1931), 7) composer Allen Brings (b.1934), 8) composer Earle Brown (1926-2002), 9) composer Frank Campo (b.1927), 10) composer Romeo Cascarino (1922-2002), 11) composer and pianist David Chaitkin (1938-2011), 12) composer and teacher Barney Childs (1926-2000), 13) Italian-American composer and pianist Suzanne Ciani (b.1946), 14) composer Gloria Coates (b.1969). Sizes range from 8.1 x 5.5 inches to 8.4 x 11 inches, all in very good condition. Sold as a lot only, not sold separately.

PRICE: $280.00 USD

(Item #: GA0758-GX003A)
Group of 15 autograph music quotes of music by modern/contemporary American composers, including: 1) composer, pianist, conductor and teacher Robert Abramson (1828-2008), 2) composer and conductor Jacob Avshalomov (1919-2013), 3) composer James Adler (b.1950), 4) German-born American composer and conductor Samuel Adler (b.1928), 5) composer Hugh Aitken (1924-2012), 6) composer Stephen Albert (1941-1992), 7) jazz/blue songwriter Mose Allison (1927-2016), 8) composer Richard Bales (1915-1998), 9) composer John Bavicchi (1922-2012), 10) composer Thomas Jefferson Anderson (b.1928), 11) composer Irwin Bazelon (1922-1995), 12) composer Jack Beeson (1921-2010), 13) composer Jon Appleton (b.1935), 14) composer Larry Austin (b.1930), 15) music arranger/composer Ray Austin.  Sizes range from 8.1 x 5.5 inches to 8.4 x 11 inches, all in very good condition. Sold as a lot only, not sold separately.

PRICE: $300.00 USD

(Item #: GA0926-GX005)
British composer (1874-1948), whose career focused on light classical music. Autograph note signed dated in 1935, written in English thanking to a fan, one page. Size is 5 x 9 inches, some folds, in excellent condition.

PRICE: $45.00 USD

(Item #: GB3425-GX204C)
Italian composer (1822-1889) who composed five operas, the most successful being L'ebreo. Autograph letter signed, dated in 1855. 1 page, written in Italian, sold untranslated. Size is 7.5 x 9.75 inches, in excellent condition.

PRICE: $200.00 USD

(Item #: GA6758-GX203D)
American composer (b.1927), known for his lyric, operatic and choral music. Autograph music quote signed, inscribed and dated in 1989, with 5 bars of his opera ¨The Aspern Papers¨ (1987). Size is 8.75 x 3.2 inches, in excellent condition.

PRICE: $120.00 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 #: GA0922-GX004B)
American composer (b. 1930), noted for his electronic and computer music works. Signed envelope, with two bars of music from a piece for orchestra with jazz soloists (1961), dated by him and mailed in 1970. Size is 6.5 x 3.7 inches, in excellent condition.

PRICE: $80.00 USD

(Item #: M5915-Y11C)
Irish composer (1808-1870), best known for his opera The Bohemian Girl and other operatic works. Balfe was also conductor and pursued a career as a singer as well. Autograph note signed, to famous Italian soprano Fanny Persiani (1812-1867) (who created the role of Lucia di Lammermoor in the 1835 world premiere). Balfe is asking her to replace nothing less than Giulia Grisi in a terzetto from his opera Falstaff (Grisi performed at the 1838 world premiere in London), probably in an upcoming concert performance.  One page, 5.25 x 4 inches, signed as Balfe, some toning over the lower border, otherwise in very good condition.

PRICE: $650.00 USD

(Item #: GB3394-GX204B)
English song composer (1812-1876), signed album page, written in London, dated in 1850. Written in English. Size is 8.5 x 3.75 inches, in excellent condition.

PRICE: $100.00 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: $150.00 USD

(Item #: M6253-Y12E)
Hungarian composer and pianist (1881-1945), one of the most important composers of the 20th century. Signed autograph album page, 5.25 x 7.7 inches, in excellent condition. Sold together with a modern print photo of the composer at the piano, sized 5.4 x 5.4 inches, a nice image to frame with the signature if desired.

PRICE: $850.00 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 #: 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 #: GA0081-GX001A)
German composer and conductor (1804-1885), resident in England for most of his career. Two items: autograph letter and autograph note signed, each one dated in 1880, in English about personal matters. Note is one page, letter is in 3 pages, each page is 4.5 x 7 inches, letter has loss of paper on 4 corners. Also included is a handwritten envelope. (not sold separately)

PRICE: $75.00 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 #: GA7725-GX246E)
French composer and songwriter (1801-1855), he wrote Ma Normandie, used as the National Anthem of Jersey and sometimes as the unofficial Norman Anthem. Autograph note signed, six lines written in French (sold untranslated), dated in 1853. Size is 5.1 x 8 inches, in excellent condition.

PRICE: $100.00 USD

(Item #: GA1474-GX261A)
Russian-born American composer and violinist (1900-1953), creator of 4 symphonies and an opera, among other works such as concertos. He was a distinguished violinist, worked 7 years as first violinist of the NY Philharmonic. Autograph manuscript with 2 full pages in separate sheets, with music for a cadenza to Mozart´s "Exsultate Jubilate" (K165) for soprano, inscribed to Russian soprano Maria Kurenko (1890-1980), who signed and inscribed this manuscript on the back of page 2. Each page is 9.4 x 12.5 inches, minor cracks, but overall in very good condition.

PRICE: $295.00 USD

(Item #: GA1157a-GX236D)
Austrian composer (1885–1935), creator of works that combined Mahlerian Romanticism with his own of Schoenberg's twelve-tone technique. Signed album page, with a short sentiment, dated (apparently in 1923). Album page has 3 other signatures (2 right above are in pencil), unidentified signers, and one signature on verso by famous Dutch conductor Willem Mengelberg. Size is 5 x 6.5 inches, in excellent condition.  ALSO INCLUDED is a copy of a photo of him by Fayer, nice to frame with this item if desired.

PRICE: $1,475.00 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

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