Autographs by Teresa Berganza and Luigi Alva, 1972. CoA

Teresa Berganza and Luigi Alva Autographs. Signed Photo. CoA

Teresa Berganza and Luigi Alva: b/w Real-photo ( Teatro Alla Scala photograph), signed on 3. 20. 1972 in Wien.

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The photo depicts Teresa Berganza, Luigi Alva and Fernand Corena.
5,5 x 4,1 inches (14,7 x 10,5 cm), fine condition.

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Leonard Bernstein Autograph on Photo CoA

Leonard Bernstein autograph: hand-signed b/w photograph (real photo as postcard).

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Size: 9 x 14 cm, very good condition.

Leonard Bernstein (1918 – 1990) was an American composer, conductor, author, music lecturer, and pianist. He was among the first conductors born and educated in the US to receive worldwide acclaim.
His fame derived from his long tenure as the music director of the New York Philharmonic, from his conducting of concerts with most of the world’s leading orchestras, and from his music for West Side Story, Peter Pan, Candide, Wonderful Town, On the Town, On The Waterfront, his Mass, and a range of other compositions, including three symphonies and many shorter chamber and solo works.

Bernstein was the first conductor to give numerous television lectures on classical music, starting in 1954 and continuing until his death. He was a skilled pianist, often conducting piano concertos from the keyboard.

As a composer he wrote in many styles encompassing symphonic and orchestral music, ballet, film and theatre music, choral works, opera, chamber music and pieces for the piano.

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Siegfried Wagner Autograph. Handwritten Postcard

Siegfried Wagner Autograph. Handwritten Postcard

Siegfried Wagner (1869-1930) German composer, conductor and movie director, son of Richard Wagner. Handwritten Postcard, signed with full name. Written in Bayreuth 10.10.1911, addressed to Hotel Hungaria in Budapest. „Euer Wohlgeboren theile ich mit, dass ich mit Graefin Gravina am 20. Nachmittags eintreffe.“ (Announcement of arrival along with countess Gravina at Hotel Hungaria in the afternoon of 20th)

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Graefin Gravina, Blandine von (1863-1941) was the second daughter of Cosima Wagners (marriage with Hans von Buelow). She was married to the Italian Count Biagi(n)o Gravina (1850-1897), who committed suicide.

Display with option to show the front or the reverse oft he postcard. Photo of Siegfried Wagner at the upper part. The matted object has been in a frame and can be framed easily again.

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Bruno Walter Autograph

Conductor Bruno Walter: b/w portrait photo, hand-signed with ink-pen. Embossed stamp by photo-studio Illinger in Salzburg). The photograph is from 1935.

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84 x 136 mm, good condition.

Bruno Walter (born Bruno Schlesinger, 1876 – 1962) was a German-born conductor, pianist and composer.

Born in Berlin, he left Germany in 1933 to escape the Third Reich, settling finally in the United States in 1939. He worked closely with Gustav Mahler, whose music he helped to establish in the repertory, held major positions with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Concertgebouw Orchestra, Salzburg Festival, Vienna State Opera, Bavarian State Opera, Staatsoper Unter den Linden and Deutsche Oper Berlin, among others, made recordings of historical and artistic significance, and is widely considered to be one of the great conductors of the 20th century.

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Paul Hindemith Autograph, signed Libretto, CoA.

Paul Hindemith Autograph, Mathis der Maler, signed Libretto. CoA

Paul Hindemith: Hand-signed libretto for Mathis der Maler, published in 1935.

The Autograph comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.13 x 19,7 cm, 56 pages, complete, good condition.

Paul Hindemith (1895 – 1963) was a German composer, violist, violinist, teacher and conductor.

Notable compositions include his song cycle Das Marienleben and opera Mathis der Maler.

In 1940, Hindemith emigrated to the United States. At the same time that he was codifying his musical language, his teaching and compositions began to be affected by his theories, according to critics like Ernest Ansermet. Once in the U.S. he taught primarily at Yale University where he had such notable students as Lukas Foss, Graham George, Norman Dello Joio, Mel Powell, Yehudi Wyner, Harold Shapero, Hans Otte, Ruth Schonthal, Leonard Sarason, and Oscar-winning film director George Roy Hill.

During this time he also gave the Charles Eliot Norton Lectures at Harvard, from which the book A Composer’s World was extracted (Hindemith 1952). Hindemith had a long friendship with Erich Katz, whose own compositions were influenced by him.He became an American citizen in 1946, but returned to Europe in 1953, living in Zürich and teaching at the university there. Towards the end of his life he began to conduct more, and made numerous recordings, mostly of his own music.

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Lauritz Melchior Autograph on Portrait Photo CoA

Lauritz Melchior Autograph on large b/w Foto, signed at lower margin.

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20,5 x 25,4 cm (8 x 10 inches) , bend at the lower right corner otherwise very good condition.

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Lauritz Melchior (20 1890 – 1973) was a Danish and later American opera singer. He was the pre-eminent Wagnerian tenor of the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s and has since come to be considered the quintessence of his voice type. Late in his career, Melchior appeared in movie musicals and on radio and television. He also made numerous recordings.

Word of his talent spread and was heard of by Cosima and Siegfried Wagner at Bayreuth. There the re-opening of the Festival for 1924 was under preparation. Melchior was engaged to sing Siegmund and Parsifal. This prestigious contract opened the way to several other appearances such as a Wagner concert with Frida Leider in Berlin in 1923. Around this time several acoustic records were cut for Polydor.

On May 14, 1924 Lauritz Melchior made his debut, as Siegmund, at the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden in London. The result was a smashing success. Some weeks later Melchior made his debut on the stage of the Festspielhaus in Bayreuth in the roles of Siegmund and Parsifal. In July 1925 Adolf Hitler attended a performance of Parsifal in Bayreuth as a guest of Winifred Wagner. According to Walpole, who was sitting in Wagner’s box next to Hitler, as Melchior sang, “the tears poured down Hitler’s cheeks”.

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Albert Schweitzer Autograph 1952 Peace Nobel Price Winner

Albert Schweitzer Autograph Peace Nobel Price Winner

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Albert Schweitzer Autograph Peace Nobel Price Winner 1952

Authentic Albert Schweitzer autograph: Portrait photo-print with hand-written lines and signature.
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14,5 x 10,5 cm. At the upper margin at the back traces from glue can be found. The writing is slightly faded.

The text reads:

A mon table de Lambaréné à monsieur Antoine Fischer.
Albert Schweitzer. Lambaréné 2.1.1964

Albert Schweitzer (1875 – 1965) was a French-German theologian, organist, philosopher, and physician. He was born in the province of Alsace-Lorraine, at that time part of the German Empire, though he considered himself French and wrote mostly in French.

Schweitzer, a Lutheran, challenged both the secular view of Jesus as depicted by historical-critical methodology current at this time in certain academic circles, as well as the traditional Christian view. His contributions to the interpretation of Pauline Christianity are noteworthy because they concern the role of Paul’s mysticism of “being in Christ” as primary in importance rather than the secondary doctrine of Justification by Faith.

He received the 1952 Nobel Peace Prize for his philosophy of “Reverence for Life”, expressed in many ways, but most famously in founding and sustaining the Albert Schweitzer Hospital in Lambaréné, now in Gabon, west central Africa (then French Equatorial Africa). As a music scholar and organist, he studied the music of German composer Johann Sebastian Bach and influenced the Organ reform movement (Orgelbewegung).
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Winifred Wagner and Wolfgang Wagner Autographs CoA

Authentic Winifred Wagner autograph on b/w portrait photo-postcard(signed 29. 09. 1979).

Additionally a Wolfgang Wagner photo with autograph (Bayreuth 2004?).

Additionally a short letter by the photographer (?), stating that Winifred Wagner otherwise didn’t give any autographs since end of World War II (which is not correct).

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The photos are approx. 10,5 x 14,5 cm (4 x 6 inches) and in good condition.

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Winifred Wagner (born Winifred Marjorie Williams; 23 June 1897 – 5 March 1980) was the English-born wife of Siegfried Wagner, the son of Richard Wagner, and ran the Bayreuth Festival after her husband’s death in 1930 until the end of World War II in 1945. She was a friend and supporter of Adolf Hitler (himself a Wagner enthusiast), and she and Hitler maintained a regular correspondence.

 

Nikolaus Harnoncourt Autograph CoA

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Nikolaus Harnoncourt Autograph

 

Nikolaus Harnoncourt: Portrait trading-card by Sony, hand signed by Nikolaus Harnoncourt.
10,5 x 14,8 cm, very good condition.

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Nikolaus Harnoncourt (1929 – 2016) was an Austrian conductor, particularly known for his historically informed performances of music from the Classical era and earlier.
Starting out as a classical cellist, he founded his own period instrument ensemble, Concentus Musicus Wien, in the 1950s, and became a pioneer of the Early Music movement.
Around 1970, Harnoncourt started to conduct opera and concert performances, soon leading renowned international symphony orchestras, and appearing at leading concert halls, operatic venues and festivals.
His repertoire then widened to include composers of the 19th and 20th centuries. In 2001 and 2003, he conducted the Vienna New Year’s Concert. Harnoncourt was also the author of several books, mostly on subjects of performance history and musical aesthetics.

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Soprano Licia Albanese Autograph on 8 x 10 Photo CoA

Beautiful Licia Albanese photo with authentic signature.

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Licia Albanese Autograph

Size: 20,7 x 25,5 cm (8 ¼ x 10 inches), good condition.

Licia Albanese (1909 – 2014) was an Italian-born American operatic soprano. Noted especially for her portrayals of the lyric heroines of Verdi and Puccini, Albanese was a leading artist with the Metropolitan Opera from 1940 to 1966.

She also made many recordings and was chairwoman of The Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation, which is dedicated to assisting young artists and singers.
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