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    Sale 5309

    Fine Printed Books & Manuscripts

    2 June 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 327

    AUTOGRAPH COLLECTION -- MUSIC. A collection of eight letters by composers and conductors addressed to Sir Thomas Beecham, and one manuscript by Beecham, comprising:

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    AUTOGRAPH COLLECTION -- MUSIC. A collection of eight letters by composers and conductors addressed to Sir Thomas Beecham, and one manuscript by Beecham, comprising:

    Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS. Typed letter signed ('R. Vaughan Williams'), Dorking, 28 April 1949, excusing himself from attending a concert and supper in his honour, 'these long evenings and late suppers do not agree with my advancing years', one page, 4to;

    William WALTON. Autograph letter signed ('William Walton'), 56a South Eaton Place, 12 October n.y., thanking Beecham for 'the excellent performance of Façade yesterday. It was all enjoyable, but I was particularly grateful for the slightly slower tempo & wonderful ensemble in the "Valse", which enabled me to pick out details in the score which I had more or less forgotten were there', one page, 4to (punch holes);

    together with letters by Adrian Boult (one) and Malcolm Sargent (5), and an annotated typescript of Beecham's address at the funeral service of Frederick Delius, [24 May 1935], 4 pages, 4to, and photographs of Delius's birthplace and gravestone; all the items with the exception of the Delius address and birthplace photograph framed and glazed. (11)


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    Pre-Lot Text

    AUTOGRAPH LETTERS AND MANUSCRIPTS