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Behind the Gold Curtain Fifty Years in the Metroplitan Opera Orchestra

by Berkowitz, David with Dolores Soyer

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(New York, 1995): Birch Brook Press. First Edition. Octavo. Inscribed by Dolores Soyer to her children..."To my dear children: Ronnie & Barbara Gold/from me/ "with love, Mom/Dolores Soyer" . 171pp., [2]pp. short biographies, illustrated with photographic images and errata laid in between images. This honest and engaging perspective of half a century of orchestra life at the Metropolitan Opera… Read more
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Arlington, Washington: AMR Publishing Company, 1992. First Edition. Quarto. 182 pages; Signed by Frank Adams, profusely illustrated, many in color. It also includes the controversial "Dancing Jukes" which sold primarily in the South since the caricatures of blacks was popular in the pre-Civil rights era. Many of the earliest large juke boxes such as the Class… Read more
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. Pearl Besuner, Photographs and Promotional Leaflet. Pearl Besuner (1901-1991) was a longtime opera singer and player. Here are 2 8" x 10"photographs of her including one of her playing in Jack and the Beanstalk (with photograph by Carlo Edwards). She debuted at the Metropolitan Opera as Siebel in Faust. She was also one of the featured… Read more
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Bourbon Street Black: The New Orleands Black Jazzmen

by Buerkle, Jack V. And Danny Barker

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1973
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New York: Oxford University Press, 1973. First Edition. Octavo. Signed by many of the Jazz greats of New Orleans, Preston Jackson who recorded with Louis Armstrong in 1931; the legendary clarinetist Ray Burke who recorded for over 56 years beginning with his 1927 recording at Columbia (which was never issued) his playing stands squarely in the line of… Read more
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Verdi's Falstaff in Letters and Contemporary Reviews

by Busch, Hans (editor and translator)

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Bloomington(1997): Indiana University Press. First Edition. Large Octavo. 637pp. Falstaff, Verdie's last opera, was given it s world premiere at Milan's fabled La Scala in 1893. Here the author collected, translated and annotated 665 letters, telegrams and reviews from the years 1889-1894 to trace the genesis of one Verdi's greatest triumphs. A fine bright copy bound in maroon… Read more
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A Cellist's Companion; a Comprehensive catalogue of Cello Literature

by Lambooij, Henk and Michael Feves

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(Stichting the Cellist's Companion, Netherlands, 2007). Quarto. ). 697 pages, the original hardcover edition which was issued in a very small print run. This work is the culmination of more than thirty-five years of meticulous compilation of cello repertoire. A catalogue of this scope has never before been published. Approximately 45,000 titles written by over 15,000 composers are… Read more
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Pavarotti La Boheme

by Girardi, Michele (text)

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[Bologna, 2008): Fondazione FMR Marilena Ferrari. First Edition. Quarto. . A special edition not for sale, limited to 1000 copies, The present copy is number 479. 211pp. table of contents and colophon, written in English and Italian with personal recollections of the man by Claudio Abbado, Renata Scotto, and Franco Zeffirelli, illustrated throughout by "real" photographs, single and double… Read more
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image of Irish Folk Music, a Fascinating Hobby with Some Account of Allied Subjects Including  O'Farrell's Treatise on the Irish or Union Pipes and Touhey's Hints to Amateur pipers

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Chicago: Regan Publishing, 1910. First Edition. Octavo. 359 pages, index, appendices and illustrations. Though a longtime Chicago police officer who rose to Chief of Police in 1901, he is best remember for being the leading expert on traditional Irish music. Many scholars have written on his influence on the Irish music of Chicago (often delaying investigations of … Read more
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Songs of the Fox Chace

by Barr, William H.

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Published
1930
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Buffalo, New York: Mark Hubbell Printing Company, 1930. First Edition. Octavo. No pagination. Illustrated. Printed for the Masters of Foxhunting Association of America. 32 unnumbered pages. William H. Barr who had been the Master of Foxhunting at the Lake Short Hunt Club at Derby, New York supervised the search for songs relating to fox hunting. … Read more
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An original pen and ink drawing of Vladimire de Pachmann in 1892 by Frank Holme most of whose 750 drawings and etchings are at the University of Arizona. He founded the Bandar Log Press.. There are very few images of the famed Pachmann with a full beard in the early 1890's who was one of… Read more
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New York: Herschel Fenton. Quarto. 8 pages, double folded, not recorded in OCLC. Herschel Fenton was a violinist who was given a Strativarius in 1878 and went into the music business selling both instruments and publishing sheet music. Since this price list is undated (but numbered as No. 3), it seems to fall into the circa… Read more
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A History of Irish Music

by Flood, W.H. Grattan

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New York; (1970): Praeger Publishers. Octavo. A photolithographic facsimile of the third edition and is unabridged even to the extent of retaining the original printer's imprint. 357pp. which includes the original subscribers list. Introduction by Seoirse Bodley. Since its first appearance in 1905, this book has remained a classic in music history. Flood's book is notable both because it… Read more
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A marvelous photograph of the blues pianist and singer who popularized the hit "Merry Christmas, Baby". He composed and made a hit of "Drifting Blues" but after a decline in his career, Bonny Raitt made him her opening act and a whole new market discovered him. The photograph measuring 14" x 11" is undated but it… Read more
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How Many Strads? Our Heritage from the Master; a Tribute to the Memory of a Great Genius

by Doring, Ernest N., (1877-1955)

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Published
1999
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Chicago: Bein & Fushi, 1999. Thick Quarto. Enlarged and Expanded Edition. 464 pages. While the 1945 edition was a great contribution, this new expanded edition is the definitive reference for those at the highest level of understanding Strads for whom expertise is essential. Not only is it issued in a far superior binding and high quality paper… Read more
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Evangelisches Gesangbuch, Revidierte Aufgabe

by Evangelical Synod of North America

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Published
1894
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St. Louis. MO, 1894. Octavo. copyrighted in 1895. 465 hymns with 98 pages of Scripture readings. German (fraktur script). Bound in black leather with mother of pearl accenting the cup used in Holy Communion with the original locking clasp. Lutherans in American continued using the adjective evangelisches which means Protestant referring to their… Read more
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1955. Business card addressed to his friend artist Arthur Secunda with his note: "most grateful for your kind letter", with envelope in his hand Pau Casals, Prades, Pyrenees. January 15, 1955. This was the year he performed Brahms: Trios Nos. 1-3, with Yehudi Menuhin and Eugene Istomin.
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On the Air, the Encyclopedia of Old Time Radio

by Dunning, John

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Published
1998
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First Edition
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New York: Oxford University Press, 1998. First Edition. Thick Small Quarto. Signed by the author. Dunning gives over 1500 radio shows presented in alphabetical order. He provides a complete broadcast history with the timeslot, the network, and the name of the show's sponsors. He list major cast members, announcers, producers, directors, writers, and sound effects people, even the show's… Read more
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The Fiddletree

by Tomas, Otis A.

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Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia(2913): Published By Author. First Edition. Small Quarto. 2nd printing, signed by the author. The story of an ancient maple tree that eventually became the center of a violin culture. Otis Omas is not only a violin maker and fiddle player but he has provided beautiful color pictures of the workshop, the students… Read more
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Leo Hoonani

by Richards, Theodore; Ella H. Paris; Joseph Kalaina

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Honolulu(1902 But Reprinted 1945): Ka Papa Hawaii. Oblong 12 Mo. 285p. Hawaiian Language. Reprinted in 1945 as the congregation of the Kawaiaa'o Church was now filled with servicemen who loved the old hymns which here were often sung in Hawaiian and English. It was at one time the national church of the Hawaiian Kingdom and… Read more
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1Typed Letter Signed to a Harrie W. Johnson(double-signed)

by Martin, Mary

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1967
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1967. 1tls, plus she has signed a musical line from her version of "My Cup Runneth Over". Written by her to Harrie W. Johnson who collected autograph signatures, composers and lyricists which already numbered over 1,000 by the late 1930's. Here she writes a nice note to Harrie and adds a note that she is adding… Read more
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