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A Collection of Nine Letters to Arturo Toscanini from Various Musicians, Conductors and Colleagues of Note
N/A, 1940. N/A. LOOSE_LEAF. S.p., s.d. A collection of nine letters to Arturo Toscanini from his colleagues. These letters were found inside various scores and sheet music in the Toscanini estate. A wonderful collection. Contains the following items: 1) Typed Letter, Signed, from Harold Byrns to Arturo Toscanini. New York, 1942. A typed letter, signed, from Harold Byrns to Arturo Toscanini. Byrns presents Toscanini with a score of his orchestral adaptation of Smetana's "Bohemian Dance Suite." He thanks Toscanini for his approval of the work, and says that this approval provided him with a great sense of relaxation throughout the publishing process. He goes on to mention some upcoming orchestral engagements with the London Symphony Orchestra. Text in Italian. Small note on top of page from the estate noting that the letter was found in the score, with a mark in ink in the text to note said score. Otherwise in excellent condition. 2) Typed Letter from Associated Music Publishers to Arturo Toscanini. New York, 1949. A small letter from Carl Miller, a publisher at Associated Music Publishers, written to the great Arturo Toscanini. Miller presents Toscanini with Ernest Lubin's orchestral transcription, A Purcell Suite, which had just been released. Miller says that Lubin had especially wanted Toscanini to have a copy. Sent to Toscanini at his NBC office. Small note in pencil at top of page and in body of letter from the estate noting that the letter was found inside Lubin's score. 3) Manuscript Letter from Max Reiter to Arturo Toscanini. San Antonio, 1948. Reiter presents Toscanini with a score for an overture. He goes on to discuss the work of Cimarossa and recent performances in Italy. Small note at top of letter stating that the letter was found inside Reiter's score, with a small mark in text to denote the score, otherwise in excellent condition with minimal wear. Original envelope provided, addressed to Toscanini at his residence in Riverdale, New York. 4) Typed Letter from Domenico Savino to Arturo Toscanini. New York, 1945. In Italian. The letter is written on Robbins Music Corporation stationary. Savino presents Toscanini with the scores to Frank Black's "Panorama" and Paul Whiteman's "American Concerto." He states that Toscanini's approval of the works - which he discussed with him briefly after a concert - brought him unimaginable joy. He says that he he has waited until this moment to send a presentable score rather than one in manuscript. Small note from the estate and mark in body of letter stating that the letter was found inside Whiteman's "American Concerto" score, otherwise in excellent condition. 5) Manuscript Letter from Adolf Busch to Arturo Toscanini. S.p., s.d. An undated manuscript letter from Adolf Busch to Arturo Toscanini, probably circa 1954. In the letter, Busch wishes Toscanini good wishes for the coming years, stating "the world needs you more than ever." He goes on to thank him "for all the beauty in music we had through you in the past years." Our best guess would be that Busch wrote the letter surrounding the occasion of Toscanini's retirement in 1954, though there is no date anywhere on the note. From the Toscanini estate, where it was found in the score of Busch's "Three Etudes." Excellent condition overall with minimal wear. Small note in pencil on the included envelope, which states the origins of the note. 6) Manuscript Letter from Carlton Cooley to Arturo Toscanini. Stockton, New Jersey, 1956. A wonderful letter from Carlton Cooley to "Maestro", thanking him for a gift of a Berlioz recording. Cooley goes on to state "I need hardly mention how sorry I feel that I can no longer play with you. What a shame that, as time passes, one could not become younger and so continue to make beautiful music! The seventeen years with you remain the high light of my orchestral life - never to be forgotten." The letter is three pages long, on small paper with Cooley's "Dicarnel" letterhead. Cooley was the principal violist in Toscanini's NBC Symphony Orchestra from 1937 to 1954. Excellent condition overall, with a small mark in ink at the top. 7) Autograph Letter from Robert Casadesus to Arturo Toscani. Princeton, 1940. A 5 x 7 card with text on recto only. Casadesus expresses his profound admiration for Toscanini and offers him a copy of his String Quartet No. 2. He wishes Toscanini well for his upcoming trip to South America and wishes health to Madame Toscanini. In French. 8) Autograph Letter, Signed, from Pina Carmirelli to Arturo Toscanini. Rome, 1951. In Italian. Carmirelli discusses the work of Boccherini. She recalls that a night spent performing for Toscanini was one of the happiest events of her life. Found inside Carmirelli's arrangement of Boccherini's Quintet in F Major. Carmirelli asks Toscanini for an endorsement of her arrangement. Excellent condition, with note from the estate noting its origins. Includes envelope. 9) Typed Letter from Foetisch Freres to Arturo Toscanini. Lausanne, 1948. A typed letter from a publisher at Foetisch Freres written to Arturo Toscanini on company letterhead. The letter was sent to Toscanini at his Via Durini residence in Milan. The publisher presents Toscanini with a complementary copy of Honegger's Nicolas de Flue, and extends his best wishes for the maestro's health as well as that of his wife. Signed by the publisher, somewhat illegibly. Small amount of writing on top of page noting that the letter was found inside a score, with another mark next to the name of the score in the body of the letter. A wonderful and very unique collection of correspondence. Please contact us for additional pictures or information about this collection. . Very Good. 1940. First Edition.
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