[London]: Novello & Company, Ltd, 1930. First Edition. OCLC no. 1154244.Sir Charles Santley (1834-1922) was a distinguished English baritone who "sang with great expression and was a particularly dramatic actor... [He] wrote a number of religious works for the Roman Catholic Church, and was made Commander of St Gregory by Pope Leo XIII in 1887; he also composed several songs under the pseudonym of Ralph Betterton." Harold Rosenthal and George Biddlecombe in Grove Music Online.Levien, a noted singing teacher and student of Manuel Garcia, served as secretary and treasure of the Royal Philharmonic Society from 1915-1928.. Octavo. Dark orange cloth-backed textured paper boards with titling gilt to upper. 1f. (title), 1f. (frontispiece portrait of Sir Charles Santley with facsimile autograph musical quotation inscribed "John M. Levien from his old friend C Santley," 5-27, [i] (blank), 1f. (publisher's advertisement), 1f. (printer's note) pp. With an autograph inscription in ink to "Miss Hullah, with kindest remembrances... " signed by Levien and dated March 16, 1931 to front free endpaper. Includes 2 plates with reproductions of portraits of Santley by John Singer Sargent and Linley Sambourne. Publisher's overpaste to lower margin of title.Binding slightly worn and soiled. Some minor wear; occasional very light foxing to endpapers and initial leaves. (Inventory #: 27191)
Musical Autographs and Manuscripts; Rare Books on Music and Dance; First and Early Editions of Printed Music; Prints, Drawings and Ephemera relating to Music and Dance including Opera and Ballet.
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