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DEEMS TAYLOR - AUTOGRAPH NOTE SIGNED 1953 CO-SIGNED BY: PRINCESS CONSTANCE (DUCHESS DI MONTECALVO) GUIDO PIGNATELLI, MARIA ELENA PIGNATELLI, SALVATORE GIOE - HFSID 18814

DEEMS TAYLOR, SALVATORE GIOE, PRINCESS CONSTANCE GUIDO PIGNATELLI, MARIA PIGNATELLI A series of notes and signatures to the cabaret singer Hildegarde, with notes from musicians Deems Taylor, Salvatore Gioe, and members of the Italian Pignatelli family Autograph note signed: "For Hildegarde/my fellow Grieg expert!

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DEEMS TAYLOR, SALVATORE GIOE, PRINCESS CONSTANCE GUIDO PIGNATELLI, MARIA PIGNATELLI
A series of notes and signatures to the cabaret singer Hildegarde, with notes from musicians Deems Taylor, Salvatore Gioe, and members of the Italian Pignatelli family
Autograph note signed: "For Hildegarde/my fellow Grieg expert!/Deems Taylor", "Constance Pignatelli di Montecalvo-/To Hildegarde - "She is a phantom of/delight"", "Maria Elena Pignatelli di Monticalvo/+ everything else you are/ "Multo simpatico"", "Salvatore Gioe", and 8 unknown signatures, 9¾x7½. DEEMS TAYLOR (1885-1966) was a composer, music critic, screenwriter, narrator for two Hollywood films and editor of "Musical America". He had more performances (30) of his works at New York's Metropolitan Opera than any of his contemporaries. His works performed at the Met include The King's Henchman (1927) and Peter Ibbetson (1931). Taylor, who also wrote Cap'n Kidd & Co. (1908), The Echo (1909) and The Breath of Scandal, or The Mistress of the Seas (1916), also composed the music score for the feature film Janice Meredith in 1924. In 1940, he was the narrator for Walt Disney's Fantasia, and he served a similar function in 1947's Barber of Seville, an Italian language version of the opera for which he wrote the screenplay. In 1941, Deems appeared as himself in There's Magic in Music, a film about the prestigious National Music Camp in Interlochen, Michigan.PRINCESS CONSTANCE GUIDO PIGNATELLI, DUCHESS DI MONTECALVO (b. 1895) was briefly married to Prince Guido Pignatelli in 1925, but divorced later in 1938, after several years of separation and trials to finalize the divorce. There was much scandal during their separation, due to Prince Guido marrying another woman less than 24 hours after their divorce, being further humiliating to Constance due to his new wife being a grandmother. During her time under the title of Princess, Constance copyrighted an original play she wrote titled Egypt's Eyes. Although it's unsure what title or relation MARIA PIGNATELLI (b. 1929) had, she was present at the signing of this document. SALVATORE GIOE played piano on several Hildegarde recordings. Heavily toned. Left edge frayed and notched from binding. Slight surface creases. Corners slightly worn. Otherwise, fine condition.

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