FRANK VAN DER STUCKEN - AUTOGRAPH MUSICAL QUOTATION SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: JOHN B. SCHOEFFEL - HFSID 35325
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FRANK VAN DER STUCKEN
Autograph Musical Quotation on a sheet affixed to an album leaf, signed on verso by John Schoeffel
Autograph Musical Quotation signed: "Frank van der Stucken", above which are 4 measures in ¾ time, treble clef, handwritten by him, on a 7½x4¼ sheet affixed to a 8¾x5¼ album leaf. Affixed on verso is another sheet signed: "Yours very truly/Jno B. Shoeffel/Patti Tour '92". Printed caption affixed below each signature. FRANK VAN DER STUCKEN (1858-1929) was an American composer and conductor, born in Texas to immigrant parents. Having composed to original works by age 16, van der Stucken studied in Europe and was named in 1881 as Kapellmeister of the Breslau State Theater. At the World Exposition in Paris in 1889, he conducted the first European concert of exclusively American composers. Returning to the US, he led the New York Arion Society on the first European tour by a US choral group (1894-1895). Living mostly in Europe after 1907, he was in demand as a festival conductor. In 1991 an international music festival was named for him in Fredericksburg, Texas, his birthplace. The "Thurber Conservatory" mentioned in the typed caption was the National Conservatory of Music, founded by Jeannette Thurber in New York in 1885 and an important place for music instruction and scholarship until the 1920s. JOHN SCHOEFFEL was a theater and opera manager. The firm of Abbey, Schoeffel & Grau was organized in 1896, responsible for New York's Metropolitan Opera and Boston's Tremont Street Theater. He was the second husband (after 1885) of noted American actress Agnes Booth, widow of actor Junius Booth, Jr., John Wilkes Booth's brother. The Patti tour no doubt referred to one of the concert tours of celebrated Italian opera diva Adelina Patti. Lightly foxed. File holes at left margin, with taped repair to one. Otherwise, fine condition.
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