GEORGE GERSHWIN - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 09/14/1931 - HFSID 347996
This framed letter that features the composer's autograph shows his interest in new phonograph recording technology
Typed Letter Signed, "George Gershwin". 8¼x10½. One page. Dated September 14, 1931. On his personal letterhead. Gershwin writes to a representative of R.C.A. which was the parent company of N.B.C. (created in 1926 to broadcast on radio) and Victor Labs (acquired in 1929 which built phonographs.). The conglomerate was able to remain at the forefront of early broadcasting technology for many years due to the unique merging of technologies. Gershwin's association with R.C.A. was a long and fruitful venture. It was R.C.A. that recorded "An American in Paris", which was used in the 1951 musical film of the same name. Gershwin's letter in full: " My dear Mr. Clark: I received your invitation to dinner at the Savoy-Plaza on September seventeenth. I am tremendously interested in hearing the new development in phonograph recording, which you will probably demonstrate account of a previous engagement which I have for that evening. Perhaps some day you will permit me to come down to the New York offices and listen to the new development. With many thanks, I am Yours sincerely, George Gershwin gg/ob". Annotated in pencil in another hand: "File CC arrange for." In blue ink. George Gershwin's (1898-1937) most famous compositions are Rhapsody in Blue (1924) and An American in Paris (1928). Due to his innumerable contribution to music, he earned a Congressional Gold Medal in 1985. White lacquer frame with black lacquer filet attached, white linen mat, black lacquer filets, b/w portrait photograph, engraved historical plate. Frame lightly chipped. Otherwise fine condition. Framed in the Gallery of History style: 23x19½.
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