Composers and Classics

Leo Delibes
Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofieff
Sergei Vasilievich Rachmaninoff
Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky
Joseph-Maurice Ravel
Henry Joseph Wood
Sing, Sweet Bird
Charles-François Gounod
Leonard Bernstein
Luigi Arditi
Irving Berlin
(Clément Philibert) Léo Delibes
(21st February 1836 – 16th January 1891) 
Leo Delibes
Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofieff - Prokofiev 
(Russian: Серге́й Серге́евич Проко́фьев, Sergéj Sergéjevič Prokófjev) (27th April [O.S. 15th April] 1891 - 5th March 1953) 
Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofieff
Sergei Vasilievich Rachmaninoff 
(Russian: Сергей Васильевич Рахманинов, Sergej Vasil’evič Rakhmaninov) 1st April 1873 [O.S. 20th March] – 28th March 1943) 
Sergei Vasilievich Rachmaninoff
Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky 
(Russian: Игорь Фёдорович Стравинский, Igor' Fjodorovič Stravinskij)                                         An example of a 'superior' Stravinski signature 
(17th June [O.S. 5th June] 1882 – 6th April 1971)                                                                        recently sold at auction for $11,999 (£7,256)
Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky
Charles-François Gounod
 (17th June 1818 – 18th October 1893) 
Charles-François Gounod
Joseph-Maurice Ravel 
(7th March 1875 – 28th December 1937)
Joseph-Maurice Ravel
Luigi Arditi 
(16th July 1822 - 1st May 1903), 
Luigi Arditi
Sir Henry Joseph Wood
(3rd March 1869 – 19th August 1944) 
Henry Joseph Wood
Wilhelm Ganz
(1833 — 1914) 


Wilhelm Ganz
Rudolph Ganz
Tuesday morning

My Dear Friend, 

I have just seen Charles René who accepts with enthusiasm. Please arrange, then, to meet him at your place, and you will get to know all the details from him. 
Here is his address:
 6, rue Germain Pilon. 
Most faithfully yours,

Leo Delibes

Leonard Bernstein
(pronounced "BERN-stine"
 25th August 1918 – 14th October 1990) 
Leonard Bernstein
Irving Berlin 
(Israel Isidore Baline, or Beilin)
11th May 1888 – 22nd September 1989 
Irving Berlin
Rudolph Ganz 
(24th February 1877, Zürich, Switzerland – 2nd August 1972, Chicago)
Rudolph Ganz
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Georges Jacobi (1840-1906)
Georges Jacobi was a composer. 
He was also the musical director of the Alhambra Theatre, London, for more than twenty-five years. He arranged music for many of the theater's productions. Jacobi was born in Germany, lived in France until the outbreak of the Franco-Prussian war, and then moved to London.
He makes an appearance in the Cambridge Companion to Victorian and Edwardian Theatre on page 72. This is a letter dated Friday 1st July 1898 reserving two seats for the following Thursday (7th July) nights performance..

Dame (Julia) Myra Hess DBE
(25th February 1890 – 25th November 1965)
Dame Myra was a British pianist.
In 1977, The Chicago Cultural Center began a series of lunchtime concerts every Wednesday at 12:15, named in Dame Myra's honour. These are still broadcast over radio station WFMT and streamed at www.WFMT.com.


A recent inferior 'rushed' Rachmaninoff 
signature came onto the market.
A two-sided letter dated 26th April (either 1888 or 1908) posted from Leinstrasse 41, Frankfurt, Germany
A note written in German at the end suggests research in another hand, pointing to the Hoch Conservatory, Frankfurt. (Hochshen Conservatorium). It appears to go on to say '(K)Componist Meister' or Master of composition. The letter, having been torn apart, has been professionally repaired. The signature is possibly that of Iwan Knorr  who became the Director of the Conservatoire in 1908.
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Iwan Knorr          [pseud I. O. Armand] (born Mewe, 3rd January 1853; died Frankfurt, 22nd January 1916)     German composer 
David Rose (15th June 1910 – 23rd August 1990) 
Rose signed this card on 17th August 1972. 
He was a British-born American songwriter, composer, arranger, and orchestra leader. His most famous compositions were "The Stripper", "Holiday for Strings", and "Calypso Melody". He also wrote music for the television series Little House on the Prairie and Bonanza. 
Elsie Stanley Hall in performance (1930-36)
by Grace Cossington Smith

Elsie Maude Stanley-Hall
22nd June 1877 - 27th June 1976 

Taking to the piano before she was 3, Elsie proved a child prodigy and by 1884 was appearing in concerts. From the age of 5 she was taught by Josef Kretschmann, a fine German violinist; her first major recital was on 16 October 1886 when she played the Beethoven C Minor Concerto at the University of Sydney. This is her signature from 7th May 1915 taken from a hospital visitors book somewhere in Wales. Her address is given as Kings Coppice, College Road, Dulwich. Accompanied by 'Tessa Hall?'
Welsh hospital visitors book 1915
Australian newspaper report
Australian newspaper report
John Sims Reeves
(21st October 1821 – 25th October 1900)
Usually called simply Sims Reeves
The foremost English operatic, oratorio and ballad tenor vocalist of the mid-Victorian era.

Reeves began his singing career in 1838 but continued his vocal studies until 1847. He soon established himself on the opera and concert stage and became known for his interpretation of ballads. He continued singing through the 1880s and later taught and wrote about singing.

Another example of his signature. Not part of this collection.
Sir William Schwenck Gilbert
(18th November 1836 – 29th May 1911)
An English dramatist, librettist, poet and illustrator best known for his fourteen comic operas produced in collaboration with the composer Sir Arthur Sullivan, of which the most famous include H.M.S. Pinafore, The Pirates of Penzance and one of the most frequently performed works in the history of musical theatre, The Mikado
Another fine example of her signature.
Not part of this collection
Two similar pieces on the market.
NOT part of this collection