Autograph signature on ivory card stock, ca. 70 x 110 mm
by THOMAS, Ambroise 1811-1896
Ambroise Thomas (1811-1896) was a prominent French composer and pedagogue. "After years of neglect, [his] work has seen a considerable revival in the last two decades of the 20th century, with major performances, at least of [his operas] Mignon and Hamlet, being mounted in France, Great Britain and the USA. In the context of French opera of the late 19th century Thomas was a figure of considerable importance, an imaginative innovator and a master of musical characterization." Richard Langham Smith in Grove Music Online.. Slightly worn. Together with: - A portion of a printed postal receipt completed in manuscript and signed "R Schneider" for Thomas. Ca. 178 x 132 mm. Dated [Switzerland] August 16, 1894. In Italian, German, and French. With annotations in Italian in an early 20th-century hand in ink and pencil to verso. Slightly worn and browned; some staining; creased at fold; trimmed. - A photographic portrait of the composer from an Italian journal. Ca. 182 x 112 mm. [February 23, 1896.] In Italian (with translation). With name of photographer, V. Daireaux, and brief caption, "Maestro Ambrogio Thomas, died February 12 in Paris," printed below photograph. Excerpts of journal article printed to verso. Worn; some staining; trimmed at edges; late 19th-century annotations in ink below caption. - A bust-length carte-de-visite photograph from the studio of C.H. Reutlinger, Paris. Ca. 104 x 63 mm. With composer's surname and year 1872 in ink in a contemporary hand to recto. Slightly worn, soiled, and stained; small abrasions; two small holes, not affecting image.
(Inventory #: 23372)
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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