|1. WAGNER, Richard- Elliot & Fry cabinet photo of the GREAT MASTER d/s to Dr. Nohe.|
|2. WAGNER, Richard- ALS 2 p p matted and framed. Page 2 with signature shows to the front together with
the envelope in Wagner's hand & an image of Wagner and page one has a window to the verso. Approx. 17 x 19". "Dear Pohl, What shell we do with you. How
I should like to have you here and- the little note I had from you in Bayreuth today proves again to me that you belong to us. The "Tageblatt" appeared
to make the affair easier since you must have had the same salary at least. But on closer observation it appears that this is not at all suitable for you.
A poor unfortunate universal editor of that kind has not one single hour of the day to him except twice weekly and I believed you were quite accustomed to
the way of editing a daily political newspaper. Now as for the future 'Bayreuther Blatter' how can I possibly, on the strength of precarious prospect offer
you a compensation for your pleasant position in Baden? And yet I should be glad to have you, very glad. Can you give any help? I'm quite at a loss today.
Best wishes from your Richard Wagner Bayreuth, 29th September, 77".
|3. WAGNER, Richard- lithograph approx 18 x 21" "Nach Photographie gest. V. A. Kraufse" & "Prämie zum
neunundzwanzigsten Bande des New Yorker Belletristischen Journals."|
4. WAGNER, Richard- In 1877 Wagner conducted a series of concerts at the Royal Albert Hall in London in order to raise money for the deficit at the Bayreuth Festival. Wilhelmj was the concert master and Richter & Dannreuther were the rehearsal conductors. Soloists were from the Bayreuth Festival and included Materna, von Sadler-Grun, Unger, Schlosser, Hill & Chandon. These are the programs for the FIRST concert May 7, 1877 which included music from Rienzi-Tannhauser & Das Rheingold & the fourth concert May 14,1877 which included Huldigungsmarsch and music from Lohengrin & Siegfried. These are extremely UNCOMMON & INTERESTING programs:
a. May 7th Program $1,200
b. May 14th Program $1000
The Two Programs together $2,000
|5. WAGNER, Cosima- SPc matted and framed-elegant portrait pose of the iron fisted Wagner widow, Liszt's daughter and von Bulow's wife before Wagner who ruled Bayreuth with an iron hand after Wagner's
|6. WAGNER, Cosima- ALS 1.5 in English to "Mr. Constantin Sternbeg (a Liszt pupil who enjoyed success as a pianist and composer), Philadelphia PA (exact address not known)! Absender Wahnfried,
Bayreuth" envelope - "Dear Sir, My son being absent at the moment, I will take it upon myself to thank you for your kind letter to him and to inform you at the same time that, his many commitments not
allowing him the time, he will have to turn down the flattering invitation which you were so kind to extend to him. He has seen no other way but to give negative responses, albeit with regrets, to many
similar invitations. Dear Sir, as you read these lines, please be assured of my utmost respect. C Wagner, Bayreuth, Nov. 8, 1900"- She ruled the roost!
|7. WAGNER, Siegfried- SP 8 x 10" sepia portrait of Wagner's son a popular composer and conductor who was active in the running of the festival together with his mother Cosima. He conducted many
performances including of course the RING. This photo is dedicated to "dear Herrn Fischer" of the famed BLUE RIBBON restaurant in New York City 1924. Great association. UNCOMMON this size.|
|8. WAGNER, Siegfried- AMusQS on a 3 x 5" album leaf from his opera "Sonnenflammen" the eighth of his 14 operas completed in 1912 but not performed until after the first world war. The 2003 Halle
performance has been issued on CD.
|9. WAGNER, Siegfried- ALS on a post card reserving a room at the Hotel Kurfursten in Fulda together with a photo.
|10. WAGNER, Winifred- SP Wieland Wagner photo of his mother the English wife of Siegfried and a great pal of Hitler, a controversial figure who ran the festival after Siegfried's death but was forbidden
to do the same after the war. UNCOMMON.|
|11. WAGNER, Wieland- SPc of Siegfried & Winifred's eldest son who together with brother Wolfgang revived the Festival in 1951. A brilliant stage director Wieland's long-lasting 1951 production of
"Parsifal" included many features with which he later would be identified. Post-war austerity and his own interest - influenced by Adolphe Appia - in lighting effects led to the use of round minimalist
sets lit from above. Wieland's minimalism extended beyond the stage furniture and props. The performer of Gunther, for example, was expected to sing leaning forward in Act 1 of Gotterdammerung until he
felt his authority challenged by Hagen and sit up straight. It is hard to imagine a greater contrast with traditional operatic acting.
|12. WAGNER, Wolfgang- SP 4 x 6" Renner Bayreuth portrait of Wolfgang who took over the running of the festival after Wieland's death in 1966 and only recently stepped down after a nasty succession battle
involving his 2 daughters from different wives. He also staged operas but without the unique muse of brother Wieland.
|COMPOSERS CONDUCTED BY WAGNER & PRO WAGNER|
|13. ADAM, Adolphe- ALS 1 pin French. Wagner conducted "Le Postillon de Longjumeau."M. Forti" Italian [?] Hotel Italien. " My dear Monsieur David, A lady I am acquainted with, Mme Laury, has asked me for
a letter of introduction to you.Would you be so kind as to receive her with the graciousness that both her distinction and her personal qualities merit, and I will be forever obliged to you. Yours truly,
Ad. AdamApril 1846."
|14. AUBER, Daniel Francois- ALS 1 p. Dear and admirable lady, I am not free today but tomorrow when I leave the Conservatory I will see you at 3:30 Thousands and thousands of of affectionate compliments
Auber Tuesday" together with a photo. Wagner conducted his "La Muette de Portici."
|15. BELLINI, Vincenzo- ALS 1 p in Italian written 1 year before his death referring to his last opera "I Puritani"- He writes "Dear Sir and Friend, Please forward the enclosure to our Lanzari (?) . I am,
in the country to write the opera ["I Puritani"] for the Italian Opera Company in Paris in peace, and I have left instructions for your letters to be forwarded to Puteaux ...de Neuilly No 19 bis... Don't
fail to remember me to His Exc. the Ambassador by presenting him my respects. Accept the assurances of my esteem and consideration, and I remain Your very affectionate friend V. Bellini Puteaux 14 June"
. It was at Puteaux that Bellini died just before the premiere of "I Puritani". Wagner conducted "I uritani" as well as "Norma", I Capuletti ed I Montecchi" & "La Straniera." Together with unsigned
image of the composer.|
|16. BOIELDIEU, Francois-Adrien- ANS at the bottom of a letter addressed to Monsieur le Breton, Secretaire de la Classe des beaux arts de l' instituit imperial a Paris by a M. M....?. Boieldieu
lists "7 of my operas performed at Parisian theatres le 6 mai 1815" Curious document from the spiritual heir of Gretry (see below). Boieldieu focused on melodies which avoided too much
ornamentation, set to light but intelligent orchestration. Berlioz described his music as possessing "a pleasing and tasteful Parisian elegance."
|17. BOULEZ, Pierre- SP 5 x 7"color action photo of the doyen of conductors or 4 x 6" photo as a young man. His Wagner and Mahler are today's yardstick to many. His Bayreuth Ring is still talked
|18. von BULOW, Hans- Alberti carte de visite photo of the German pianist/composer/conductor a great champion of Wagner for life despite Wagner's stealing Cosima from him. He conducted the premieres
of "Tristan und Isolde" & "Die Mesitersimnger von Nurnberg."|
|19. CHAUSSON, Ernest- the French composer a Franck pupil greatly influenced by Wagner signed title page of "5 Melodies pour mezzo-Soprano or baryton with accompaniment of piano". His opera "Le Roi
Arthus" enjoyed great popularity. He attended the Bayreuth premiere of Parsifal with d'Indy.
|20. CHERUBINI, Luigi- ANS on a 3.5 x 5" paper in French where the composer as head of the conservatoire write that "Miss Noel is admitted to M.Berton jr.s class as of the 19th of the month. 17
avril 1829 L.Cherubini" - WSagner conducted his lyric comdey "Les deux journees" early on.
|21. HALEVY, Fromental- ALS 1 p from the composer of "La Juive" which Wagner conducted, a very important figure on the mid 19th century Paris music scene. He writes "You give me 2 good seats for
tomorrow and I will give you 2 seats in my loge. You are doing me a great favor to make this exchange. FHalevy."|
|22. HUE, Georges Adolphe- SP 9 x 11" matted and framed of the French composer a Gounod & Paladihle pupil - winner of the lprix de Rome in 1879 who was greatly influenced by Wagner and was often a
guest at Bayreuth d/s 1932. His most popular work was "Dans l'ombre de la cathedrale," whose topical plot was driven by the conflicting ideals of socialism & catholicism and had several revivals
during the 1920s. He was admired by Debussy & Faure.
|23. HUMPERDINCK, Engelbert- AMusQS on a 3.5 x 5.25 paper from his masterpiece "Hansel und Gretel" motiv from Act 1- Gretel-"Packe dich, trolledich, schabiger Wicht" With its highly original
synthesis of Wagnerian techniques and traditional German folk songs, /Hänsel und Gretel/ was an instant and overwhelming success. Humperdinck was a Wagnerite from early on and met him Naples where
Wagner invited him to join him in Bayreuth and during 1880 and 1881 Humperdinck assisted in the production of "Parsifal". He also served as music tutor to the composer's son, Siegfried.
|24. LISZT, Franz- SP Lukchhardt CdV portrait of the younger composer and 19th century musical savant closely associated with Wagner. His daughter Cosima left von Bulow for Wagner.|
|25. MEYERBEER, Giacomo- ALS 1 p in French about an enclosed ticket for a loge seat for the recipient brother for the next day's performance of "Pardon de Ploeremel' ("Dinorah"). Together with a
portrait of the composer of "Les Huguenots", "Le Prophete" & "L'Africaine." & "Robert le Diable" which Wagner conducted.
|26. PAER, Ferdinand- ALS 1 p & address panel to M.Severini the Director of the Theatre Italien of which he had been director at the behest of Napoleon to be succeeded by Spontini & Rossini. He wrote
55 operas of "Agnese" is considered the finest. He was highly respected by Berlioz, Stendahl & Chopin among others. "Paris, le 23 avril 1831. Monsieur Severini, Director of the Théâtre Roi
Italien, Favart Hall, Paris. Sir, I thank you for the box ticket you sent me for tonight. All the music I have is at the disposal of your administration, even that which belongs to the King, which
I can lend to you and which may be useful in concerts so you don't always have to perform the pieces in your repertory. My best wishes and respectful greetings, Paër,Paris, April 23, 1831."
|27. ROSSINI, Gioachino- ANS brief note where the great composer writes a message in the third person, his name appearing at the start together with an image of the composer. Wagner conducted hi
"Tancredi" & "Il Barbiere di Siviglia."|
|28. STRAUSS, Richard- SPc of the GREAT composer & conductor who led many RING performance during his long career Berlin & Vienna. This Willinger photo shows Strauss conducting.
|29. BERLIOZ, Hector- ALS 1 page in French from one of the most influential musical personalities of the 19th century. Social content. "Sir, Unhappily it is impossible to meet with you this morning.
I hope to encounter you another time. Please accept my sincere excuse. Your devoted H. Berlioz."
|30. BERLIOZ, Hector- Book "La Voix du Romantisme Berlioz" edited by Catherine Massip & Cecile Reynaud for Bibliotheque Nationale de France 264 pp 2004. French text. This oversize book documents the
great exhibition mounted for the Berlioz bi centenary. GREAT ILLUSTRATIONS.|
|31. BRAHMS, Johannes- Printed calling card with handwritten greeting from the composer.
|32. VERDI, Giuseppe- ALS 2 pp -"Milano, Feb. 11, 1895, I received the bill for the week. In the last bill for the other week I found an expense for fertilizer that really surprised me. If I had had
any idea that so much manure was needed, I would have sent it here, and I am sure of the quality! Let's hope that the one from Villanova is as good as the one from Milano. I will tell the farmer
to send me the bill of that one. And I will also tell him to take care when he spreads it in the meadows, because it could be, what with so much snow on the fields, That the thaw would carry the
melting snow along with the fertilizer into the ditches G Verdi" There was no great love lost between the 2 giants of 19th century opera.|
SP - Signed Photo
AL - Album Leaf
AS - Autograph Sentiment
PCC - Printed Calling Cards
ALS - Autographed Letter Signed
D/S - Dedicated & Signed
ANS - Autographed, Note, Signed|
SPc - Signed Postcard
AMusQS - Autographed Musical Quote Signed
TLS - Letter signed by person described
LS - Letter signed by person described,
written by another
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