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Collection of
Autograph Letters and
Manuscripts of the World's
Greatest Composers




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IMPORTANT COLLECTION

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AUTOGRAPH LETTERS

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MANUSCRIPTS

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THE WORLD'S GREATEST
COMPOSERS

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FOREWORD

HIS unique and extremely remarkable collection
of autograph letters and original manuscripts of
the world's greatest composers comprises no less
than seventy-five examples.
These letters and manuscripts represent the finest pro-
curable examples of such supremely important masters as
Handel (a splendid manuscript); Mozart (of whom there are
two very early letters written when he was only thirteen
years old, being addressed to his mother and sister); Bach;
Arne; Wagner (a splendid letter of great length); Beethoven ;
Gluck (the finest known letter); Haydn; Mendelssohn;
Chopin (very important); Brahms; Liszt; Rossini; Meyer-
beer; Cherubini; Donizetti; Schubert (a superb letter);
Schumann; Spohr; Spontini; Elgar; Gounod, etc.

This noble collection is principally based upon the famous
Meyer Cohn cabinet. The collections of Duprez, Bailly,
Fuchs, Lonsdale and Thayer have also contributed notably
to it.

These important letters refer to the compositions of their
distinguished writers, and, together with the original manu-
scripts of Musical Scores, form a truly precious and absolutely
unequalled collection.



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AUTOGRAPHS OF THE WORLD'S
GREATEST COMPOSERS

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THOMAS AUGUSTINE ARNE

The composer of " Rule Britannia "

Born 1 710, died 1778

The Original Holograph Manuscript of the Words and
Music of his " Whittington's Feast, A New Parody on
Alexander's Feast. Written by a College Wag." Covering
250 pages, and dated 1776. Folio, red morocco.

Besides the musical manuscript and words, there are twelve pages which
precede it, containing the Title, Advertisement, Preface, and Words of both
"Whittington's Feast" and "Alexander's Feast," very neatly written, and the
whole manuscript, in its present arrangement, was evidently intended for the
press. The manuscript is dated 1776, and it is highly probable that this is
the last manuscript penned by Arne. He died in 1778.

The Manuscripts of Dr. Arne are of the greatest rarity. This is
probably the only one existing outside the British Museum which possesses
but the score of " Judith," the only one known to the " Dictionary of National
Biography."

" Manuscripts of Arne's music are now rarely found, most of them having

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1808." — Dictionary of National Biography.

It was Dr. Arne who wrote the setting to Thomson and Mallet's masque
"Alfred." This was "performed on Friday and Saturday, 1 and 2 Aug., 1740,
on a stage erected in the gardens of the house of Frederick, Prince of Wales,
at Cliveden, Bucks, at a fete given in commemoration of the accession of
George I, and in honour of the birth of Princess Augusta . . . This perform-
ance is memorable in the annals of English music, for it was for ' Alfred ' that
Arne composed ' Rule Britannia,' perhaps the finest national song possessed
by any nation, and for which alone, even if he had produced nothing else,
Arne would deserve a prominent place amongst musicians of all countries."

Dr. Arne also wrote the beautiful music to Shakespeare's "As You Like
It" and "Twelfth Night." Perhaps the best known of his pieces next to
" Rule, Britannia," is the charming setting to K Where the Bee Sucks."

Accompanying the manuscript is a copy of the hopelessly rare first printed
edition of the work, of which only two copies are known — in the possession of
Dr. W. H. G. Flood (the authority on Arne), and the present example.

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JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH

Born 1685, died 1750

Holograph Manuscript, signed, 1 page, 4to; Lipsias
(Leipzig), November 2, 1725.

In Latin.

From the Meyer-Cohn Collection ; one of this great amateur's most prized
possessions. Of superlative rarity, being the only signed Bach MS. that has
occurred for sale during the past twenty-five years.

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JOHANN NEPOMUK HUMMEL

The Original Holograph Manuscript of his " Jeannot und
Colin," signed. Covering 6 pages, folio. Unpublished.

A most valuable original manuscript of this celebrated pupil of Mozart
and " equal of Beethoven." From the collection of Aloys Fuchs, of Vienna,
and having his autograph attestation, dated 1824.

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FRANZ LISZT

Born 1809, died 1886

Holograph Letter, signed, 1 page, 8vo; Paris, 28 Mai,
1836.

Addressed to the Abbe Lamennais.
A touching letter commencing :

" Cher et venerable pere. Je vous attendrai. Quelque douleur qu'il y
ait au fond de mon ame, il me sera doux et consolant de vous revoir."

£3 3*-

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FRANZ LISZT

The Original Holograph Manuscript, signed, of his " Une
Marche Funebre," written by Liszt the day following the
death of his father. 2 pages, 4to; dated Boulogne, 30 Aout,
1827.

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THOMAS LUPO

Flourished 1 598-1 641

Holograph Letter, signed, 1 page, folio; Greenwich, 2
September, 16 18.

To Mr. Cunningham.

In 1607 Thomas Lupo wrote, in conjunction with Thomas Giles, some
of the songs in a masque " Presented before the Kinges Maiestie at White
Hall on Twelfth Night last, in honour of the Lord Hayes and his Bride;
Daughter . . . to . . . Lord Dennye, Invented and set forth by Thomas
Campion, Dr. of Physic." The orchestra by which the music was to be
performed is described as follows: "On right, 10 musicians, 2 lutes, Bandora,
double Sack bott, harpsichord, 2 treble violins — on left, 9 violins and 3 lutes,
and to answer both the Consorts (as it were in a triangle), 6 cornets, and
6 Chappell voyces were seated almost right against them." Sir William
Leighton's "Teares or Lamentations of a Sorrowful Soule" (1641) contains
two pieces by Thomas Lupo: "O Lord, O Lord, giue eare," for four voices,
and "The cause of death is wicked sinne," for five voices. Thomas Myriell,
in his " Tristitiae Remedium, Cantiones selectissimae diversorum auctorum "
(Addit. MS. 29372-6), prepared for publication in 1616, has included, in
addition to the above-named compositions, the following by Lupo, for five
voices: "O vos omnes qui transitis," "Miserere mei " (in two keys), " Salva
nos Domine," "Heu mihi Domine," and "Out of the Deepe" (two keys).
The library of Christ Church College, Oxford, contains many manuscripts by
Thomas Lupo, including two anthems for five voices, " Heare my prayer, O


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