Two signed Serge Koussevitzky items given in 1946 to Roger Scaife, as Director of Harvard University Press, a photograph print and a typed letter, mounted parallel in a black pine frame

Koussevitzky Serge

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CONDITION: Acceptable. Items were displayed without HVAC or humidity control in Roger L. Scaife's Cape Cod home until his death. Letter: mailing folds, some handling marks, slight toning and cockling, two top edge pinholes from mounting. / Photograph: Very Good. / Frame: Good. / Mat: Poor, needs to be replaced, borders heavily browned (as seen in image). PROVENANCE: In 1946, Roger L. Scaife was Director of Harvard University Press, publisher of, "Serge Koussevitzky: The Boston Symphony Orchestra and The New American Music" by Hugo Leichtentritt (1946), "still the standard work" [Grove Dictionary of Music] and the letter and photograph print were given by Serge Koussevitzky, on the occasion of receiving his complimentary copy of the book. The framed Koussevitzky memorabilia were acquired from Roger Scaife's estate. PHOTOGRAPH PRINT: Gelatin silver, b/w portrait photograph of Koussevitzky, in conductor's pose, 329 x 260 mm in the plate, pen & ink signed along right arm, his signature set off clearly against the lighter color of his suit jacket. LETTER: 11 lines plus salutations with Boston Symphony Orchestra heading, on a 11 x 8.5 inches sheet, typed in English and dated December 16, 1946, signed with Koussevitzky's characteristic large bushy script. A thank you for the complimentary copy of the Leichtentritt book on his leadership of the BSO, Koussevitzky's letter concludes with his approval; "Therefore his book will remain as an important historical document in the annals of American Musical life." FORMAT: framed under glass. FRAME SIZE: 627 x 504 mm (24.69 x 19.84 inches). BACKGROUND: Leichtentritt made a detailed study of the repertoire performed by Koussevitzky and found that he presented 162 American works to the public (1924-1944), including 66 premieres. No conductor of a major U.S. orchestra has since done so much to promote and perform new American orchestral music. "American symphonic music probably owes more to the uninterrupted efforts of Dr. Koussevitzky and the Boston Symphony Orchestra than to any other conductor or orchestral group." [Leichtentritt, Serge Koussevitzky, p. 3]. Three years later, in 1949, after 25 years as conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Koussevitzky stepped down. He died in 1951. ADDITIONAL IMAGES: by request. MY LISTINGS: 1) Click my name in bookseller field. 2) Click bookseller-payment information. 3) Click my name again. My exclusive listings can now be searched by catalog, keyword, etc. N° de ref. de la librería

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