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Collection of programmes (1939-1972)
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A collection of French, German and Italian concert, opera and theatre programmes, with related material, from 1939 to 1972, collected by Diana Gordon. 4 boxes of differing sizes.

Box 1
4 programmes for productions at Sadler's Wells Opera, 1948. All productions were performed in English and, unless otherwise stated below, conducted by Michael Mudie. All programmes contain detailed information regarding the vocal soloists, the chorus members, and the production team. Also, brief programme notes and a number of advertisements, many of which are musically-related (e.g. notices of recordings, announcements of other concerts in London etc).

13 January 1948
Rimsky Korsakov, 'Snegurochka', performed in a translation ('The Snow Maiden') by Edward Agate. Lawrance Collingwood (conductor).

17 January 1948
Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari, 'I Quattro Rusteghi', performed in a translation ('School for Fathers') by Edward Dent.

17 March 1948
G. Puccini, 'Il Tabarro', performed in an English translation ('The Cloak') by Herbert Withers. This was followed by the first performance of 'Lady Rohesia', an operatic frolic in two scenes, the words and music by Anthony Hopkins, conducted by the composer.

27 October and 30 October 1948
G. Verdi, 'Simone Boccanegra' (first performance in England), translated by Norman Tucker.

Box 2
Programmes for operatic productions associated with the Thegatre National de l'Opegra Comique/Comedie Francaise. Also, programme for concert given by the Societeg Amici della Musica, Florence in 1952.

1. 21 May 1949, Thegatre National de l'Opegra Comique, Paris.
Programme booklet for performance of Bizet's Carmen. The orchestra directed by M. Albert Wolff This programme includes an extensive cast list (including photos), notes on the work (in French and English), notices of other performances at both this theatre and L'Opegra, and numerous advertisements.

2. Programmes for 3 performances entitled Comedie Francaise given at the Princes Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue as part of Peter Daubeny's International Season. All programmes contain information about the performers (including photos), a plot synopsis, and details of other events at the theatre. Also numerous advertisements, many with French connections.

16 March 1959: 'Le Dindon', a comedy in three acts by George Feydeau.
23 March 1959: 'Les Femmes Savantes', a comedy in five acts by Moliegre.
31 March 1959: 'Les Fourberies de Scapin', a comedy in three acts, in prose, by Moliegre. This was followed by 'Un Caprice', a comedy in one act by Aldred de Musset.

3. 5 May 1952, Societeg Amici della Musica, Florence.
Programme and wordbook for a concert of sacred vocal music given by the Thomanerchor di Lipsia, directed by Gunther Ramin.

Additional material
Text document by Riccardo Bacchelli entitled 'Il 'Maggio' per Rossini'.

Libretto for 'Don Chisciotte' by Vito Frazzi. This document contains a printed list of the characters and voice type, to which handwritten annotations have added the names of specific performers. Also, handwritten translations of certain words or phrases. Bibliographical details suggest that this was sold at a performance of the opera at the National Theatre in Florence.

Box 3 (1952-66)
1. 23 October 1960, La Comegdie-Francaise, Paris.
Programme for a performance of Moliere's 'Le Misanthrope', followed by George Feydaue's one-act play 'Feu la Megre de Madame'. This document includes a synopsis of the play, a list of the performers (including photos), a historical discussion of the theatre (including photos and maps), an article on Charles Varlet de la Grange (1639-1692), and notices about forthcoming productions. Also, numerous advertisements.

2. 16 November 1951-31 March 1952.
Prospectus and programmes for performances given as part of the 'Manifestazioni Letterarie e Musicali Invernali' of the Accademia Nazionale Luigi Cherubini di Musica, Lettere e Arti Figurative, Florence.

All concerts took place in 1952.
28 January: J.S. Bach, Brandenberg Concertos No. 1, 3 and 5.
30 January: J.S. Bach, Brandenberg Concertos No 2, 4 and 6.

6 February: J.S. Bach, 'Musica da camera'.
11 February: J.S. Bach, 'Musiche per pianoforte e strumenti ad arco'.
18 February: F. Durante, Concerti per Orchestra Nos. 1, 3, 4 and 6.
20 February: F. Durante, Concerti per Orchestra Nos. 2, 5, 7 and 8.
25 February: J. S. Bach, 'Musiche per pianoforte e per organo'.

3 March: Cherubini, Requiem and Mass in A (L'Incoronazione).
10 March: Music for solo voices in 3, 4 and 5 parts.
19 March: 'Concerto Verdiano (Musiche per coro e orchestra)'.
27 March: 'Concerto per Coro Misto e Organo'.

Detailed information regarding the performers, including biographies of key figures.
Coro dell'accademia nazionale Luigi Cherubini (Marino Cremesini, director).
Orchestra del Conservatorio Luigi Cherubini (Adriano Lualdi, director).
Programme notes on all pieces.

Also, a timetable of the lectures given by the academy and biographies of those speaking.

3. October 19 to October 25/26 October to 1 November 1960.
Two editions of 'Paris Weekly Information', which contains extensive listings for 'Theatres', 'Music Halls' and 'Concerts'. The earlier edition includes numerous handwritten annotations, noting those performances to be attended.

4. Prospectus and programmes for concerts given by the Istituzione dei Concerti Dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Rome, during 1951-1952 season. All performances were given at the Teatro Argentina. The volume begins with a note regarding L'Accademia.

9 April 1952: Gioconda de Vito (violin) and Tito Aprea (piano). Beethoven violin sonatas op. 12/3, op 30/2 and op 47. Biographies of the performers and brief programme notes.

12 April 1952: Handel, Concerto for strings; Beethoven, Leonora Overture no. 3; 'Il Processo di Cristo', an oratorio for solo, chorus, organ and orchestra by Porrino.
Napoleone Annovazzi (director), Bonaventura Somma (chorus master), with the Orchestra stabile e coro dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia.

16 April 1952: Carlo Zecchi (piano) and Enrico Mainardi (cello). Beethoven cello sonatas op. 69 and op. 102 nos. 1 and 2.

The document concludes with an advertisement for the next concert (to be given by the pianist Solomon) and a diagram of the Teatro Argentina.

5. 7 February 1951, Cambridge Theatre, Cambridge Circus, London. Programme for a performance of Gian-Carlo Menotti's 'The Consul'.
The programme includes detailed information regarding both the performers and the production crew: Musical Directors, Thomas Schipper and Herbert Menges. A synopsis of the opera and a number of advertisements are also included.

6. [no date or venue]
Handbill for a performance of Henry Purcell's 'Dido and Aeneas', funded by the Arts Council of Great Britain. Detailed information regarding the performers: Colin Davis (conductor); The Ingestre Festival Chorus (trained by Brian Priestman); and the Goldsbrough Orchestra (Emanuel Hurwitz, leader). Brief programme note.

7. 16 March 1949, Royal Albert Hall, London.
Programme for Alban Berg's Wozzeck, prefaced in this performance by Beethoven's Leonora Overture No. 2. Detailed information regarding the performers: BBC Symphony orchestra (Thomas Peatfield, leader, and Sir Adrian Boult, conductor) and BBC Chorus. The programme also includes both historical and analytical programme notes, the latter incorporating printed musical examples.

8. [no date], Mermaid Theatre, Blackfriars, London.
'The Life of Galileo', by Bertolt Brecht with music by Hanns Eisler. English adaptation by Charles Laughton. Detailed information provided regarding the performers: The London Children's Co-operative Choir (Malcolm Crapp, choir master), Prudence Lloyd and Gaynor Lewis (sops), Edward Walker (flute and piccolo), Keith Puddy (clarinet), Malcolm Williamson (harpsichord). Alexander Goehr (conductor). A synopsis of the plot, and much historical discussion of Brecht is also provided.

9. 27 July to 31 August 1951.
The official prospectus for the Salzburg Festival, including detailed information regarding all the performances given as part of this event. These were broken down as follows: Operas, Orchestral Concerts, Orchestral Serenades, Plays, Solo Recitals, Morning Concerts, Chamber Concerts, and Church Music Concerts.
With the exception of the Church Music Concerts and the operas, all performances took place in the Mozarteum. The Church Music Concerts were held in the Aula Academica and the operas at the Festspielhaus.
Some information regarding performers: The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and the Mozarteum Orchestra; The Chorus of the Vienna State Opera; and Karl Bohm, Edwin Fischer, Wilhelm Furtwangler, Eugen Jochum, Rafael Kubelik, Georg Solti, Leopold Stokowski (conductors).

This document also includes information on prominent landmarks in Salzburg and details regarding tickets.

10. [no date], Thegatre Mogador, 25 rue de Mogador, [Paris-]
Programme for a performance of Jacques Offenbach's 'La Belle Heglegne'.
Detailed information regarding performers: Les Choeurs de Mogador; Le Ballet de France; Jacques Pastory (conductor). Also, programme notes, photos of performers, and a range of advertisements.

11. Sunday 19 March 1944, Royal Adelphi Theatre, London.
Handbill for the first performance of Tippet's 'A Child of our Time'.
Joan Cross, Margaret McArthur, Peter Pears, Norman Walker (vocal soloists); London Region Civil Defence and Morley College Choirs; London Philharmonic Orchestra; Walter Goehr (conductor). Accompanied by an account of the oratorio.

12. [no date], Tiroler Landestheater, Innsbruck
Programme for a performance of Mozart's Die Zauberflote. This document contains detailed information regarding the performers, a number of articles regarding the theatre, and a diverse array of advertisements.

13. 12 April 1963, egglise Saint Eustache, 2 Rue de Jour, Paris.
Handbill for a performance of Bach's St John Passion. Isabel Garcisanz (sop), Clara Neumann (alto), Jean Clairville (baryton), Matthias Vogel (bass), Jean Bouton (bass), Lucien Bernard (organ).
Les Chanteurs de St-Eustache and the Orchestre Lamoureux under the direction of R. P. Emile Martin. Also, a brief note about the choir and a list of musical publications.

14. 4 January to 15 January 1966, Jeannetta Cochrane Theatre, Southampton Row, London.
Programme for a performance of a new opera, entitled Julius Caesar Jones by Malcolm Williamson, given by The Finchley Children's Music Group. Detailed information regarding the performers: John Andrewes (conductor); Richard Andrewes (assistant conductor); Suzanne Rozsa (chamber orchestra leader). Also a synopsis of the scenes. This performances was supported by the Arts Council of Great Britain and presented by Peter Bridge.

Additional material
Libretto for Berg's Wozzeck, in English translation by Eric Blackall and Vida Harford (handwritten annotation, January 1952). Handwritten additions to printed material, regarding the musical components of the opera.

Libretto for Rossini's Guglielmo Tell (Milan: Ricordi, 1946).

Libretto for Pietro Mascagni's Iris (Milan: Ricordi).

Box 4
1. 3 July 1960, Volksoper, Vienna.
Handbill for performance of Johann Strauss' 'Die Fledermaus', included within the programme booklet for the 1960 season at the Volksoper. The handbill includes detailed information regarding the performers and notes on the opera. The programme includes numerous articles relating to Johann Strauss, pictures of Volkoper productions, and a number of advertisements.

2. September and October 1957, Wigmore Hall, London.
Prospectus for twelve masterclasses to be given for The Opera School by Lotte Lehmann: 23, 25, 27 and 30 September, 2, 4, 7, 9, 12, 14 and 16 October 1957. The series to conclude with a Concert of Opera and Lieder given on 19 October. All accompanied by Ivor Newton. This document also includes some biographical notes on Lehmann, information about the fee for those wishing to be involved in the classes, and details of admission prices.

3. 1951-52 season, Teatro dell'Opera, Rome.
Programme for a performance of Lodovico Rocca's 'L'Urgano'. Lists of the vocal principals and biographical information regarding the leading performers: Gianandrea Gavazzeni (musical director). Also included, an introduction to the theatre music of Rocca and programme notes for this production (printed in Italian, French, English and German).

4. 12 August 1936, Mozarteum, Salzburg
Programme and wordbook for a recital of German lieder given by Lotte Lehmann and Bruno Walter.

5. 28 December 1956 to 19 January 1957, Wigmore Hall and Rudolf Steiner Theatre, London.
Prospectus for Dr Erik Chisholm's First London Festival of Music and Musicians from South Africa:
Six concerts at the Wigmore Hall, in each of which at least one 'first performance' or 'first London performance' was to be found.
28 December: Duo-piano recital by Monica du Toit and Frances Hurley, with Frederick Dalberg (bass).
29 December: Janacek-Bartok programme.
30 December: Concert of Old and New Music.
31 December: Works by South African composers.
2 January: Restoration of a 2-centuries old folk-song collection.
6 January: Vocal and Instrumental Music of the XXth Century.

Two operatic productions.
9, 10 and 11 January: Menotti's 'The Consul'.
16, 17, 19, 19 January: Janacek's 'Duke Bluebeard's Castle' (first performance in England), preceded by a new Irish opera, Erik Chisholm's 'The Inland Woman'.

This document also includes an introduction to the festival and a biography of Erik Chisholm; detailed information regarding the performers and some historical programme notes regarding some of the pieces; a transcription of a letter from Peter Janacek re the first London production of his father's opera, Bluebeard's Castle'.

6. [no date], The National Theatre
Programme for a production of Bertolt Brecht's 'Mother Courage and her Children', trans. Eric Bentley. Lyrics translated by W.H. Auden and music by Paul Dessau. This includes extensive biographical and historical notes regarding Brecht and this play. An insert provides details of the cast, the breakdown of the scenes in the play, and the management at the theatre.

7. 19 and 20 March 1957, The St. Pancras Assembly Rooms, London.
Programme for the Handel Opera Society production of 'Alcina', given as part of St Pancras Arts Festival. Detailed information regarding the vocal soloists; the Boyd Neel Orchestra (Granville Jones, leader) and the Chandos Chorus; Charles Farncombe (conductor). The programme includes programme notes, a synopsis for each act, and a number of advertisements.

8. Material relating to the Salzburger Festspiele of 1936.
Programmes for various operatic productions. In all cases except one (that of 'Jedermann') the programmes offer a comprehensive cast list, plus some background material on the opera, the latter in German, English and French. All performances drew on the services of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and the chorus and ballet of the Vienna State Opera.
a) Mozart, Don Giovanni, directed by Bruno Walter.
b) Einar Nilson, Jedermann.
c) Verdi, Falstaff, directed by Arturo Toscanini.
d) Hugo Wolf, Der Corregidor, directed by Bruno Walter.
e) Beethoven, Fidelio, directed by Arturo Toscanini.

Programme and wordbook for the 'Fourth Festival Concert', 12 August 1936, Festspielhaus. Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (Toscanini, conductor), Chorus of the Vienna State Opera, Anna Bathy (sop), Alexander Svegd (baritone), Prof. Franz Sauer (organ). A concert of music by Brahms, beginning with the Tragic Overture and continuing with the German Requiem. Programme notes in German, English and French.

9. 28 March 1939, Royal Albert Hall, London
Programme for a concert given by Pablo Casals, with the London Symphony Orchestra (George Stratton, leader) and Albert Coates (conductor), in aid of the 'National Joint Committee for Spanish Relief'. An entirely instrumental programme, including both the violin and cello concertos of Elgar. Information about the patrons and performers for this concert is supplemented by analytical programme notes, including printed musical examples. Also, numerous music-related advertisements and a form on which to make donations to the 'National Joint Committee for Spanish Relief'.

10. 30 June-28 July 1960, Teatro la Fenice, Venice.
Handbill for 5 'Concerti Sinfonici' given by the Orchestra Sinfonica del Teatro La Fenice and held at the Palazzo Ducale in Venice.

30 June: Fernando Previtali (director) and Paul Badura Skoda (piano). Music by Weber, Schumann, Lukas, Mendelssohn and Verdi.
7 July: Mario Rossi (director). Music by Rossini, Mendelssohn, Brahms.
14 July: Oscar Danon (director) and Henryk Szeryng (violin). Music by Smetana, Beethoven, Shostakovich.
21 July: Frieder Weissmann (director) and Maureen Jones (piano). Music by Strauss and Chopin.
28 July: Antal Dorati (director), Salvatore Accardo (violin). Music by Weber, Casella and Ciaikovski.

11. 18 June 1960, Teatro La Fenice, Venice
Programme for a performance of 'Il Campiello' by Ermanno Wolf Ferrari. Cast list and programme notes included, as well as a synopsis of the opera in Italian, English and German.

12. [no date], Thegtre de la Huchette, Paris.
Programme for performances of 'La Cantatrice Chauve' and 'La Lecon' by Eugegne Ionesco. A cast list, and some notes on Ionesco's plays are provided, the latter in both French and English. There are numerous photos of the performers.

13. 6 February 1964, St. Andrew-by-the-Wardrobe, Queen Victoria Street, London
Programme and wordbook for a concert given by the Heinrich Schutz Choir and Ensemble, with Colin Tilney (chamber organ). Director: Roger Norrington.
A concert of vocal music by Schutz and Purcell. The programme includes brief historical notes on each piece.

14. 6 November 1972, Queen Elizabeth Hall.
Programme and wordbook for a Celebrity Concert given as part of the 9th season of performances organized by The Redcliffe Concerts of British Music.
Ilse Wolf (soprano), Christopher Bunting (cello), Yfrah Neaman (violin), Neil Black (oboe), Martin Isepp (piano and harpsichord). This was an entirely British programme, with the exception of a Due for Violin and Cello by Kodaly. There are brief programme notes on certain of the pieces and printed lists of the patrons etc. of the Society.
15. Bulletin of the Salzburg Festivals [1951-]. This document includes sets of historical notes on the operas Idomeneo, Othello, Wozzeck and The Magic Flute. All notes are printed in German, English and French,

Inserted in this bulletin are the following programmes for the festival.
27 August 1951, Grosser Saal, Mozarteum, Salzburg
Programme for a concert of 'Spiritual French Music' given by the Strassburger Domchor (directed by Abbeg Alphonse Hoch) with Jeanne Demessieux (organ), Erika Rokyta (soprano), Eric, Marion (tenor), Mozarteums-Orchester.

Handbills for productions of Verdi's Othello (directed by Wilhelm Furtwangler) and Berg's Wozzeck (directed by Karl Bohm). Principal singers listed. Vienna Philharmonic.

[no date], Winter Garden Theatre, Drury Lane Theatre
Programme for a performance given by the 'Dancers of Bali' with full Gamelan Orchestra
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