Germany: NP, 1915-1951. Original document. Loose_leaf. A collection of twelve items concerning the important German symphony conductor: one large format photograph with personal inscription on mount, one signed photographic postcard, one original photographic portrait, three signed typewritten letters, two signed handwritten postcards, one signed music manuscript, one original press photo, a signed program of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, and an unused photographic postcard.
1. Wilhelm Furtwängler Press Photo. Frankfurt, United Press. 7 x 9 1/2 inch original b/w photograph of Wilhelm Furtwängler conversing with Ernst Fischer. Fischer was the "Vorstand der Philharmoniker" (Manager of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra). A rare United Press - Acne Photo dated 23.5.50. Stamped address of publisher, as well as the names of the men depicted in the photograph written in blue ink on rear of photograph. Minor creasing to photo. Attached description of image typewritten in German on piece of paper on back of photograph. Very good condition. Rare.
2. Signed photograph, 6.8 x 9.2 inch photograph mounted on 11.6 x 15.6 inch photographer's mount. “Wilhelm Furtwängler,” n.p., 9th March 1944, with an inscription. A nice head and shoulders profile photograph of Furtwängler. Signed by Furtwängler to the photographer's mount. Also signed by the photographer “HR.(?)” Slightly stained and creased. Bottom left corner of photograph chipped.
3. Signed photograph, 3.5 x 5.5 inches. Signed “Furtwängler,” in ink beneath image, n.p. n.d. Rare b/w portrait photograph. Photograph by Fayer, Vienna.
4. Signed musical manuscript (4 1/4" x 5 1/2"). “Wilhelm Furtwängler,” n.p. n.d. . Minor age toning. Additional musical notes by Philippe Boegner slightly showing through from verso. Three bars of music from an unidentified composition. Furtwängler added, “In alter, über zwanzig jähriger unwandelbarer Freundschaft.”
5. Letter from Wilhelm Furtwängler to the Herrn Generalintendendanten, dated 12 September 1930. Signed by Furtwängler. Hole punched. One ink correction in his hand. Letter to the General Director of the Prussian State Theatre, Heinz Tiejten, who was director from March1930-1945. Letter deals with a production of “Walküre” to be performed at the Berlin opera. With a postscript concerning Frau Reinhart's role in the production.
6. Signed typewritten letter. “Dr. W. Furtwängler,” Berlin, 23rd October 1931. On his printed stationary. Hole punched and folded. Letter to the publisher Gustav Bosse about an article Professor Dr. Hans Joachim Moser wants to write about him. Furtwängler gives his approval.
7. Handwritten and signed postcard. W. Furtwängler, Mannheim, 1915 (postmark), to the violinist Melanie Michaelis (1882-1941), in German. Furtwängler writes, “…Thank you very much for the lines. I am in a tremendous hurry, so I can write only these few lines. I am looking forward to seeing you…”
8. Signed typewritten letter. “Wilhelm Furtwängler,” Mailand, 15th April 1951. With corrections in his hand. Slightly staining on right border. To publisher Erich Seemann (1888-1966). Furtwängler adds the date and place of upcoming performances of the “Berliner Philharmonikern.”
9. Handwritten and signed postcard. Mannheim, dated 29 May 1924. To a music publisher in Leipzig informing him that he will be in Frankfurt between the 10th-14th of June and that they can meet at that time.
10. Unused, 3 1/5" x 5 1/4" postcard of a b/w reproduction of a photograph showing Furtwängler reading a newspaper. Name in pencil twice on back, not believed to be signed by him. Very good condition.
11. Original photographic portrait of Furtwängler. 6 1/4" x 9" mounted on 8" x 11" card. Oxidized around outside edges beginning to encroach on the image. Circa 1935. Photographer not noted.
12. Berliner Philharmonisches Orchester. 4 page fold-out pamphlet of a concert by the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra on December 19th, 1949. Cover leaf with b/w photographic reproduction showing Furtwängler. Inscribed and dated by Furtwängler in blue ink across portrait. Illustrated with various advertisements. Text in German. Folded and creased. Closed tear repaired with tape, lower right corner on last leaf with tape remnants. Fair condition WITH Square octavo 12 page pamphlet "Berliner Philharmonisches Orchester.'" Illustrated with one b/w reproduction of the conductor as well as advertisements. Text in German. Slight creasing to pages. good+ condition. g to vg. Item #12624