MUSIC

[Auguste van Biene ('The Actor Musician'), Dutch composer and D'Oyly Carte musical director.] Two Autograph Letters Signed to 'Mr Lacy', i.e. Frank Lacy Stocken, regarding terms for an part. With ANS by Stocken noting it as first appearance on stage.

Author: 
Auguste van Biene (1849-1913), English-based Dutch composer, cellist and actor, musical director with the D'Oyly Carte [Frank Lacey [Frank Lacy Stocken] (1867-1937), actor]
Publication details: 
ONE: 8 November 1900; from Man and Saddle Hotel, Dewsbury, on his elaborate letterhead as 'The Actor Musician'. TWO: 12 November 1900; on letterhead of the Royal Victoria Station Hotel, Great Central Railway, Sheffield.
£35.00

Both in fair condition, aged and worn. Both signed 'Auguste Van [sic] Biene'. ONE: 8 November 1900. 2pp, 4to. The letterhead is printed in red by David Allen & Sons, Ltd., London, Harrow, &c.', headed 'M. Auguste van Biene | (The Actor Musician) in | “The . Broken . Melody” | (Now approaching its 3,000th Performance.', and details of the first, thousandth and two thousandth performances printed in the left-hand margin.

[Sir Robert Liston, Scottish diplomat, British 'Envoy Extraordinary' (Ambassador) to the United States.] Autograph Letter in the third person to 'Mr. Pole', regarding the repair of 'a large Pianoforte' by 'some person of skill and confidence'.

Author: 
Sir Robert Liston (1742-1836), Scottish diplomat, British 'Envoy Extraordinary' (Ambassador) to the United States
Publication details: 
Millburn Tower [Ratho, Scotland]. 13 August [no year].
£45.00

2pp, 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Written in a shaky but still elegant hand. Begins: 'Sir Robert Liston presents his Compliments to Mr. Pole, and begs leave to put him in mind of a promise he obligingly made some time ago, to come out and see this little place, and at the same time look at a large Pianoforte which Sir Robert is very anxious to have repaired, with the least possible delay.' He concludes by stating that 'it would be a great favour' if Pole could 'do this (or at all events) send some person of skill and confidence'.

[Yvonne Arnaud, French actress and musician.] Autograph Letter Signed, in English, at the time of her first triumph ('Suzanne' in 'The Girl in the Taxi'), to a 'Cher Monsieur', regarding having her picture taken by 'Mess. Foulsham and Banfield'.

Author: 
Yvonne Arnaud (1890-1958), French actress and musician who settled in London [Lyric Theatre; Foulsham & Banfield, London photographers]
Publication details: 
'11th. 7bre. [11 September] 1912. Lyric [i.e. The Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London].
£45.00

2pp, 16mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. At the time of writing Arnaud was delighting audiences at the Lyric in her first leading role, that of 'Suzanne' in the musical 'The Girl in the Taxi'. Good firm signature. She writes: 'Cher Monsieur | Thanks [sic] you very much for your nice letter. Certainly I will go to Mess. Foulsham and Banfield for a picture, perhaps next week, and then, when they will be ready I give you one with great pleasure. | Mes bien sincères salutations.

[George Thomson, Scottish musician, folklorist, friend of Robert Burns.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Go Thomson') to 'J. M. Muller Esq', regarding bringing 'Beethoven's Sonatas & Trios' to a dinner with Conrad Boisragon.

Author: 
George Thomson (1757-1851), Scottish musician, collector of folk songs, editor and friend of Robert Burns, grandfather of Charles Dickens's wife [Johann Martin Muller (1808-1843); Conrad Boisragon]
Publication details: 
'Baxter's place [Edinburgh] | No 4 Saty. 9 Novr' [1830s or 1840s].
£50.00

1p, 12mo. Bifolium, addressed on reverse of second leaf to 'J. M. Muller Esq'. In fair condition, lightly aged, with closed tear along one of the two folds and slight creasing at foot, with a panel lacking from the second leaf. The recipient Johann Martin Muller published a few piece of music in Edinburgh in the 1840s.

[Charlotte Dolby [Charlotte Helen Sainton-Dolby], celebrated English contralto singer.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Charlotte H Dolby') giving a list of four pieces she will be 'happy to sing' for the recipient.

Author: 
Charlotte Dolby [Charlotte Helen Sainton-Dolby] (1821-1885) (1821-1885), celebrated English contralto singer, singing teacher and composer
Publication details: 
'Scarbro' [i.e. Scarborough, Yorkshire]. 'Thursday' [no date]
£38.00

2pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded twice. She writes that she will be 'happy to sing the following songs on the 16th inst', and lists pieces by Meyerbeer, Linley and Mendelsohn, as well as 'Scotch song “Bonnie Dundee”'. In a postscript she writes: 'After tomorrow may I trouble you to address me at Dilstone [i.e. Dilston, Northumberland]'. Endorsed on second leaf: 'Sans date | Miss Charlotte H. Dolby | Will be happy to sing the within mentioned songs &c'.

[Association des Artistes Musiciens, Paris.] Seven lithographed circulars from the early years, each containing facsimiles of the signatures of Baron Isidore Justin Séverin Taylor and the 'Membres du Comité Central' (including Berlioz and Meyerbeer)

Author: 
Association des Artistes Musiciens, Paris [Baron Isidore Justin Séverin Taylor; M. Thuillier, treasurer]
Publication details: 
Association des Artistes Musiciens, Paris. One dated 1845, another 1846 and a third 1848. The others undated, but from around the same period.
£1,200.00

The Association des Artistes Musiciens was founded by the traveller and author Baron Isidore Justin Séverin Taylor (1789-1879), and existed between 1843 and 1868. Its aims were to improve the status of musicians, to provide a pension fund and relief, and to promote the art of music. Over the years the Association's committee contained eminent personalities inclulding Berlioz, Liszt, Meyerbeer, Auber, Thalberg, Zimmerman, Herz and Érard.

[Philharmonic Society, London.] Engraved Certificate electing Lord Alverstone a fellow, signed by Sir Edward German, Francesco Berger, Waddington Cooke, William Hayman Cummings, Myles Birket Foster the younger, Stanley Hawley, Alberto Randegger.

Author: 
Royal Philharmonic Society, London; Sir Edward German, Francesco Berger, Waddington Cooke, William Hayman Cummings, Myles Birket Foster the younger, Stanley Hawley, Alberto Randegger, Lord Alverstone
Publication details: 
Philharmonic Society, London. 17 May 1909. Engraved by Warrington & Co., London.
£120.00

An attractive artefact, printed in black on one side of a 46 x 34 cm piece of thick paper, with the embossed circular 'lyre' seal of the Society added in red ink in the left-hand margin. Completed in manuscript with the details of the election as a fellow of 'The Right Honourable Lord Alverstone G. C. M. G.', on 17 May 1909. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Ornate heading of the Philharmonic Society, with royal crest (the society being 'Under the immediate patronage of | Their Most Gracious Majesties The King & Queen Alexandra') and the engraved names of the principal officers.

[Joyce Grenfell, comedian.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Joyce Grenfell') to 'Mr Willmot', discussing her religious faith ('being a believer') and answering a question about a music hall recitation.

Author: 
Joyce Grenfell [Joyce Irene Grenfell, née Phipps] (1910-1979), comedian, monologist, actress and singer
Publication details: 
19 December 1968. No place.
£80.00

2pp, 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded once with two punch holes in margin, one affecting two words of text. A fascinating letter, in which Grenfell discusses her faith with great seriousness. She begins by stating that she is going to give the answers to the questions in his letter. Firstly she apologises for not knowing 'the recitation from which you quote.

[Thomas Downey, artist, illustrator and cartoonist.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Yours to command | Thos. Downey') to 'Mr. Bramley', on a number of topics, including references to Charles Coborn; Attilio Comelli; Alfred Concannon; Alfred Bryan.

Author: 
Thomas Downey, English artist, illustrator, caricaturist and cartoonist [Charles Coborn; Attilio Comelli; Alfred Concannon; Alfred Bryan]
Publication details: 
55 Alexandra Road, Hendon, NW4 [London]. 21 December 1945.
£100.00

Considering his involvement in the artistic world of late-Victorian and Edwardian London – exemplified by the present letter – there is a puzzling lack of information available on Downey. 1p, 8vo. In fair condition, aged and creased, with nicking to edges. An interesting letter, full of content. He writes that he has had 'a rather grim time lately', his sister having fallen ill and died that week.

[Antal Dorati, Hungarian conductor.] Typed Letter Signed ('Antal Dorati') to Israeli author Aubrey Hodes, on presenting Beethoven's Missa Solemnis for the first time in Israel.

Author: 
Antal Dorati [Antal Doráti] (1906-1988), Hungarian conductor and composer who settled in the United States [Aubrey Hodes, Israeli author]
Publication details: 
On his Roman letterhead: Via dei Foraggi 74, Roma. 1 March 1965.
£150.00

1p, 4to. In good condition, lightly aged. In reply to a letter by Hodes he writes that he is 'happy to hear that Beethoven's Missa Solemnis has made such a deep impact on you which it should make on every listener'. He feels 'very much privileged indeed for having been granted the possibility to present this work for the first time in Israel', and hopes 'to have occasion to perform that great piece there again as well as others which will be important and good to hear'.

[ Oscar Beringer ] Autograph NOte Signed "Oscar Beringer" to an unnamed woman about an invitation to a prize giving.

Author: 
Oscar Beringer, pianist
Publication details: 
[Headed] 40 Wigmore Street, W., 26 Nov. [no year].
£28.00

One page, 12mo, faint spotting, good condition. "Many thanks for your kind invitation to your prize giving. Unfortunately it is impossible for me to come in the afternoon.

[ Mary Davies; mezzo-soprano ] Autograph Note Signed "Mary Davis" to "Madame Frickenhaus", pianist

Author: 
Mary Davies [(1855–1930), Welsh mezzo-soprano
Publication details: 
[Headed] 208 Euston Road, NW, 19 Dec. 1881.
£50.00

Two pages, 12mo, bifolium, fold mark, good condion, large handwriting. "Your song has come to hand. I am sory to say that it does not suit me. The words are beautiful but there is no story in it and that is almost necessary for a Ballad. [..."

[Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex, son of George III.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Augustus Frederick') to 'My Dear Small, written from Vienna, regarding 'the Songs Which I promised', which 'Isouard' intends to publish.

Author: 
Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex (1773-1843), sixth son of George III, bibliophile [Nicolas Isouard (1773-1818), composer]
Publication details: 
'Vienna 7ber the 24th. 1798'.
£400.00

1p, 4to. On bifolium endorsed on reverse of second leaf: 'Prince Augustus | Vienna | October 25 | 1798'. In fair condition, aged and worn. Folded four times. Written in an undisciplined hand with an expansive signature (different from his later signature in being underlined). Reads: 'My Dear Small | Enclosed You Will find the Songs Which I promised You but You must not publish them as else I should do Harm to Isouard Who has that Intention. Probably You Will get them after I leave this Place being on my Road to Berlin.

[Wilma Neruda, Moravian violinist, wife of Sir Charles Hallé.] Autograph Signature: 'Wilma Norman Neruda'.

Author: 
Wilma Neruda, Lady Hallé [born Wilhelmine Maria Franziska Neruda] (1838-1911), Moravian violinist, successively wife of Swedish composer Ludvig Norman, and Anglo-German conductor Sir Charles Hallé
Publication details: 
Without place or date [before her marriage to Hallé in 1888].
£25.00

On 10 x 15 cm piece of laid paper. Simply a bold signature, underlined, with no other text, clearly given in response to a request for an autograph. In good condition, lightly aged.

[Dame Eva Turner, dramatic soprano.] Typed Letter Signed ('Eva Turner.') to Constance Evans, whose claim that she was her 'earliest private accompanist' she accepts, with reminiscences.

Author: 
Dame Eva Turner (1892-1990), English dramatic soprano [Constance Evans of Darlington, piano accompanist]
Publication details: 
26 Palace Court, London, W2. 6 April 1962.
£100.00

1p, 4to. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, with the top part of the blank reverse pasted onto a slip of paper cut from an album. Adressed to 'Miss Constance M. Evans, | Raventhorpe, | Carmel Road N., | Darlington.' She begins by stating that Evans's letter has been forwarded to her by Julian Herbage.

[ Eva Turner, soprano ] Substantial Typed letter Signed "Eva Turner" to a "David Bowman" on various matters including her views on biography.

Author: 
Dame Eva Turner, "dramatic soprano"
Publication details: 
[Headed, "Eva Turner"] 26 Palace Court, London, W2 4HZ, 12 Dec. 1977
£80.00

One page, cr. 8vo, fold marks, very good condition. She appreciates his thoughtfulnes concerning her personal life, and is sympathetic about his personal life. She goes on: "I think there are enough biographies and autobiographies on the market without my inflicting more and so I have decided against it! Notwithstanding I am very touched by all your kind observances regarding myself." She then discusses her promising students, Linda Esther Gray [later her biographer] and Stuart Harling. She appreciates his remembering her Pekingese which had died after a long life and not been replaced.

[ Ethel Smyth; Suffragette ] Autograph Signature "Ethel Smyth" only.

Author: 
Ethel Smyth, composer and a member of the women's suffrage movement.
Publication details: 
No place or date
£20.00

Irregular piece of paper, c.7.5 x 2.5cm, very good condition, with just her signature

[ George Melly; Jazz etc. ] Typed Letter Signed "George Melly" to "Dave Kwiatkowski" declining a song but sending photographs.

Author: 
George Melly, jazz and blues singer, critic, writer and lecturer.
Publication details: 
[Headed] 33 St Lawrence Terrace, London, W10 5SR, 25 September 1986.
£28.00

One page, 8vo, fold mark, good condition. "I am sending you the photographs as you asked. | I read your lyrics but quite honestly I don't think they are really suitable for me. | I have already written three volumes of autobiography and enclose an order form for all of them."

[ Ronnie Scott's; Jazz ] Part of an Autograph Letter Signed "Ronnie" to unknown correspondents about admission to Ronnie Scott's.

Author: 
Ronnie Scott, Jazz Musician
Publication details: 
Not known.
£28.00

One page, 8vo, good condition. Text commences: "club - I can easily attange it - and all you have to do - is say that you are friends of mine, and ask for the doormanb called 'Bill' - who will look after you. | I go on - at about 11.30. Maybe will see you on Saturday - all the best, [...]"

[Alfredo Campoli, virtuoso violinist.] Autograph Receipt for 'sale of Music Library', Signed over tax stamp.

Author: 
Alfredo Campoli (1906-1991), Italian violinist who settled in England [Jack Salisbury]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 16 Park Avenue, Golders Green, London. 13 August 1947.
£80.00

1p, 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Folded twice. Signed, over a red 'Postage Revenue' 2d stamp: 'Alfredo Compoli. | August 13th. 1947'. Above this the receip, in Compoli's autograph, reads: 'Received £500 (five hundred pounds) in full, (£200 deposit – and £250 in cash – also cheque value £50 (dated August 11th. 1947) for Sale of Music Library (Salon Orchestra, & Trio)'. Accompanying the document is an unsigned autograph receipt on a worn slip of white paper, reading: 'April 28th. 1947 | Received, from Jack Salisbury Esq.

[Luigi Agnesi [Louis Ferdinand Leopold Agniez], Belgian operatic bass-baritone.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Agnesi'), in French, regarding charitable work, and declaring, 'Les malheureux sont mes Amis'.

Author: 
Luigi Agnesi [Louis Ferdinand Leopold Agniez] (1833-1875), Belgian operatic bass-baritone, conductor and composer who performed in London at the Royal Opera House and Theatre Royal, Drury Lane
Publication details: 
London. September 1874.
£45.00

1p, 12mo. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper, folded twice. An elegantly-expressed sentiment: 'Mademoiselle, | Les malheureux sont mes Amis, et l'oeuvre à la quelle vous vous interressez à [sic] toutes mes sympathies; malheureusement je suis si peu de choses que je ne puis vous témoigner que mon bon vouloir a l'oeuvre à la quelle vous vous interressez [sic]si vivement.'

Sir Frederic Hymen Cowen, British pianist, conductor and composer.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Frederic H Cowen')

Author: 
Sir Frederic Hymen Cowen (1852-1935), British pianist, conductor and composer of Jewish extraction [[Richard Alexander Streatfeild (1866-1919), musicologist]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of The Windsor Hotel, Glasgow. 21 December [no year].
£56.00

1p, 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged and grubby, with three folds. The letter reads: 'Dear Streatfield | it is no use sending me the Score of the Symphony here at present, as I am too busy to look at it properly, besides which, all my Programmes are definitely fixed till the end of the season, but if you will ask Mr. Hinton to send it to me to Hamilton Terrace (54, not 73) after Feby., when I shall be back in town, I shall be pleased to look through it.'

[Sir Claude Phillips, art historian.] 'Confidential' Autograph Letter Signed ('Claude Phillips') to the musicologist R. A. Streatfeild, asking, on behalf of 'poor Lady Elgar', what to do about 'the treatment of the two great oratorios'.

Author: 
Sir Claude Phillips (1846-1924), eminent Victorian art historian and art critic, first keeper of the Wallace Collection [Richard Alexander Streatfeild (1866-1919), musicologist; Sir Edward Elgar]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 40 Ashburn Place, S.W. [London] 24 April [no year].
£60.00

He asks Streatfeild to advise him in a matter 'which speaks for itself'. He reports that 'poor Lady Elgar is greatly distressed – and not without reason – at the treatment of the two great oratorios'. Phillips does not 'quite see what is to be done in the way of protest', although he finds that the 'statement that they “fail with audiences &c” is certainly false in fact, [last three words underlined] and therefore almost libellous'. Phillips considers 'the rest […] a matter of opinion. Perhaps even more false and absurd is the statement, or opinion, that they appeal only to the intellect.

[A nineteen-thirties 'action song' about the British police.] Sheet music (Curwen Edition 1329): 'Our Model Policemen | Humorous Character Sketch for Boys | Words and Music by J. Frise'.

Author: 
J. Frise [Jesse Frise]; J. Curwen & Sons, London publisher
Publication details: 
Curwen Edition 1320. London: J. Curwen and Sons Ltd., 24 Berners Street, W.1. [1930]
£120.00

7 + [1]pp, 4to. On two loose bifoliums. In fair condition, worn and aged. Stamped twice on cover: 'CORRECTION COPY' with date 1 July 1938, and second date, 29 November 1946. On the cover is an attractive stylized children's illustration, Curwen press style, hand-coloured in blue and orange, depicting three policemen walking in a line, truncheon aloft, before a row of houses and a church. The second page is blank; the third carries 'Hints for Performance', including 'Directions for Marching'. The musical score (for voice and piano) and words cover the four pages 4-7.

[ Brinley Richards, Welsh Composer ] Autograph Letter Signed "Brinley Richards" to the "Editor of The Principality" [not traced]

Author: 
Brinley Richards [Henry Brinley Richards (1817–1 May 1885), Welsh composer and poet]
Publication details: 
[Headed] 25 St Mary Abbot's Terrace, Kensington, W., 8 Oct. 1877
£200.00

Two pages, 12mo, bifolium, good condition. "I am much obliged by your kindness in sending a copy of The Prinipality Oct. 6th. I have read it with great pleasure & hope your efforts will be crowned with success - I am glad to see that [elision] - while endeavouring to raise the standard of literature in Wales- you intend to maintain our Nationality [underlined] in the best sense of the word

[Charlotte Helen Sainton-Dolby, English contralto.] Autograph Note Signed ('Charlotte H Sainton Dolby'), complying with a request [for an autograph].

Author: 
Charlotte Helen Sainton-Dolby (1821-1885), English contralto, singing teacher and composer
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 71 Gloucester Place, Hyde Park, W. [London] No date.
£25.00

1p, 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged, with small trace of glue from mount at foot. Folded twice. Reads: 'Dear Madam | I have much pleasure in complying with your request & beg to remain | Yours faithfully | Charlotte H Sainton Dolby'. See her entry in the Oxford DNB.

[Dame Vera Lynn, 'the Forces' Sweetheart'.] Autograph Signature from album ('"Sincerely Yours" | Very Lynn').

Author: 
Dame Vera Lynn [née Welch] (b. 1917), singer who entertained the British troops in the Second World War, known as 'the Forces' Sweetheart'
Publication details: 
Without place or date.
£25.00

On one side of 9 x 14 cm leaf of cream paper. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. Reads: "'Sincerely Yours' | Very Lynn". A good, firm underlined signature, in a large sloping hand, with the words 'Sincerely Yours' in single quotation marks.

['Max Wall' [Maxwell George Lorimer), comedian and actor.] Autograph Signature: 'Good luck to Enid! | Max Wall | 1951'.

Author: 
'Max Wall' [Maxwell George Lorimer (1908-1990)], comedian and actor in music hall, theatre, film and television
Publication details: 
No place. 1951.
£28.00

On one side of 8 x 13.5 cm leaf of cream paper. In good condition, lightly aged and worn, with slight creasing to one corner. A good, firm underlined signature. Reads: 'Good luck to Enid! | Max Wall | 1951'. On the reverse is the autograph of an unknown signatory: 'To Enid | [Sister? Lister?] [J?] Ferguson'.

[Percy Reeve, composer and music critic.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Percy Reeve') to 'Dr. Chepmell' (Harley Street homeopathist), discussing an article in 'Black and White', and 'Pini' (Antonio Pini-Corsi?).

Author: 
Percy Reeve (b.1855), English composer and music critic [Edward Charles Chepmell (1820-1885), society homeopathist]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Garrick Club, London. 'Tuesday' [no date].
£45.00

3pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, aged and worn, with traces of mount to blank reverse of second leaf. After explaining his reasons for being unable to keep an appointment with Chepmell that morning, Reeve writes: 'I have been to Black & White twice but have not been able to find the Editor in.

[Baden-Powell writes to Rudyard Kipling about his poem 'The Scout's Patrol Song'.] Typed Letter Signed ('R S S Baden Powell') to Kipling, regarding 'publishing the Patrol song with music'.

Author: 
Robert Baden-Powell [Lieutenant-General Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell] (1857-1941), founder of the Boy Scouts Association and Girl Guides
Publication details: 
The Castle, Richmond, Yorkshire. 1 October 1909.
£650.00

The Kipling Society explains the background to this letter, which relates to a poem which Kipling had published a fortnight before (16 September 1909) in the London Standard as 'A Patrol Song', reprinting it two days later in The Scout as 'The Scout's Patrol Song'. The letter is 1p, 4to. In fair condition, folded four times, with patches of small holes at the head. The letter begins: 'My dear Rudyard Kipling, | Thank you so much for your letter. You did not enclose the two letters to which you refer, but I guess that they are from people desirous of publishing the Patrol song with music.

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