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[ Rudolph Dolmetsch, composer and keyboard virtuoso. ] Fifteen Typed Letters and Notes Signed (all 'Rudolph Dolmetsch') to his music copyist A. Stroud

Rudolph Dolmetsch [ Rudolph Arnold Dolmetsch ] (1906-1942), composer and keyboard virtuoso, son of Arnold Dolmetsch (1858-1940), musician and instrument maker [ The Rudolph Dolmetsch Orchestra ]
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Between 25 April 1936 and 26 February 1940. All on letterheads: the first two from Farnabys, High Street, Haslemere, Surrey; the rest from Pinewood, Old Haslemere Road, Haslemere, Surrey; last seven headed 'The Rudolph Dolmetsch Orchestra'.

Dolmetsch studied under Constant Lambert at the Royal College of Music, and was a protégé of Sir Henry Wood. Shortly before his death he published a well-regarded book on conducting, in the face of the violent opposition to conductors of his father the early-music pioneer Arnold Dolmetsch. Each of the items (of which eleven are letters and four notes) is 1p., 4to. All but one of the items are in fair condition, on aged and worn paper, but with the earliest pitted along one fold, with loss to text. The recipient is A. Stroud of 185 Victoria Road, Aldershot.

[Printed British civil service paper.] Open Competition for registration as Boy Copyist (New Class) in the Civil Service, August, 1898. Regulations, Examination Papers, and Table of Marks.

[Civil Service Commission, 1898; British civil service; Her Majesty's Stationery Office; Eyre and Spottiswoode]
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'Civil Service Commission. [All Rights Reserved.]' London: Printed for Her Majesty's Stationery Office, by Eyre and Spottiswoode, Printers to the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty. 1898.

24pp., foolscap 8vo. With 3pp. of lithographed plates ('Copying MS.') between pp.6 and 7, giving two examples of uncorrected manuscripts for the contestants to copy out. Stitched and unbound. On aged paper, with the first and last leaves and fore-edges of plates worn and chipped at extremities. Divided into three sections: 'Regulations, &c.', 'Examination Papers' and 'Table of Marks'.

Collection of thirteen Autograph Letters Signed, addressed to Robinson by various individuals, mostly relating to the publication of Robinson's song 'Gently Down the Stream'.

Walter W. Robinson, English composer; Theodore Distin (1823-93), English singer; F. C. Wood, 'Lithographical Music Copyist'; the Original Lilian Minstrels; Grafton Hall
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London; 1871-1878.

The collection is in good condition, with each letter entirely legible. Two items particularly aged, and one with a couple of closed tears unobtrusively repaired with archival tape. Each item bears evidence of the fact that the collection was previously held together with a pin. An interesting sidelight into the musical culture of Victorian London. COPAC only locates one copy (at Cambridge) of Robinson's piece, published by W. Sprague of Westminster in [1874], copied by F. C. Wood, 'words by permission of Messrs. Hopwood & Crew'. All items 12mo.

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