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First edition. Very good .
Limited edition of 500 copies. Good .
The copy on the verso of the photograph states that this card is a souvenir of the 75th performance at the Park Theatre, Boston of Rice's comic opera 'Venus' with libretto by Charles Alfred Byrne and Louis Harrison and music by Gustave Kerker. As the star, Camille D'Arville is listed separately at the foot of the cast list. She plays Prince Kam, son and heir of Poom, the Grand Llama of Thibet. The photo is a head-and-shoulders portrait of a distinctly womanly D'Arville wearing an embroidered cap on her mop of short, curly hair and a doublet with puffed sleeves, elaborately jeweled around the collar.
Born Neeltye Dykstra in the Netherlands, Camille D'Arville studied music in Amsterdam and made her debut there in concert in 1877. She appeared in London, toured the English provinces and came to the United States in 1888 under the management of J. F. Duff.
The photographer, Charles F. Conly [1846-1892], was best known for his theatrical photographs. Very good .
Leon Athanasiades was a pinaist and piano teacher and the father of Canon [chanoine] Georges Athanasiades, who in 1973 gave his father a file of 100 sheets of blank paper, suggesting that he write his memoirs. The memoirs are followed by a series of tributes to Athanasiades. The text is in French. Very good .
Together with two songs with words and music by G. Linley, printed on both sides of four 10- 1/4 inch high by 7-78 inch wide sheets of buff paper.The songs, respectively titled "Oh! Where Are They" and "I Resign Thee, Ev'ry Token" are each annotated as "Proof Sheet" in ink by George Linley at the top of the first page of each song. There is some minor foxing and minor wear to the top edges of the pages. There is light dampstaining to the bottom corner of one of the pages. Very good.
WorldCat locates only one of each of these songs identified as numbers 1 and 2 of the series entitled "English Ballad Singer". As identified by WorldCat, the full title of the first work is: "Oh! Where are they, the kind and true?"
The verse writer and musical composer George Linley (1798-1865), wrote and composed several hundred songs between 1830 and 1865. Some of his most popular ballads of the period were "Thou art gone from my gaze", "Song of the Roving Gipsey", "Constance", "Minnie", and the music for Robert Burns' poem "The Jolly Beggars". He wrote the English words to "God Bless the Prince of Wales". Very good .
First edition in English.
With a preface by C. M. Widor. English translation by Ernest Newman. Good .
Edited and with a preface by Gioacchino Maglioni. The preface is printed in Italian, French, English and German. Very good .
First edition. RARE. [WorldCat locates only 7 copies]. [Shaw & Shoemaker #40519].
From the library of James Suydam, Jr. of 97 William Street, with his name, address, and the date "June, 1818" variously penned on the front cover, the front endpaper, and the title page.
Printed typographically by William Williams of Utica. This work was possibly influenced by the American composer Thomas Hastings, author of "Musica Sacra" which William Williams also printed in Utica in 1816. Hastings, at that time, had a singing school in Utica.
"That christians have been criminally negligent, in their exertions to improve this part of worship, is unhappily too manifest to be questioned. In most of our churches, the airs that are performed, are learned without effort, and sung without accuracy.--They are caught by the ear, and many who attempt them, have no knowledge of the science of music, and no pretensions to an acquaintance with the art of singing. If the angels veil their faces when the heavens echo the music that flows from their golden harps before the throne of God; what excuse can be offered for the inhabitants of his footstool, who do not make a serious attempt to praise him with reverence?" -- [Quoted from the preface]. Good .
"Antony and Cleopatra" was commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera for the opening of their new home at Lincoln Center. It premiered amidst much controversy on September 16, 1966.
The American composer Samuel Barber (1910-1981) was twice awarded the Pulitzer Prize for music. A composer of opera, piano, orchestral and choral music, he is popularly known for his "Adagio for Strings".
A wonderful document representing partial (?) payment fo the composition of a work considered by many, including the composer himself, to contain some of his greatest music. Fine .
Score for voice and piano.
"Opera..de Jules Barbier et Michel Carre. Musique de Ch. Gounod. Partition Chant et Piano Transcrite par Leo Delibes". Very good .
First American edition. Very good .
Edited by Michael Lewin. Very good .