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GREGOR PIATIGORSKY - INSCRIBED AUTOGRAPH MUSICAL QUOTATION SIGNED 06/1965 - HFSID 165713

GREGOR PIATIGORSKY. Autograph Musical Quotation inscribed and signed: "For Norman Jones/Cordially/Gregor Piatigorsky/June 1965", 5x3 card. Beneath his signature, Piatigorsky has drawn a bar of music. Magazine photograph, b/w, 1¾x3, affixed at left margin.

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GREGOR PIATIGORSKY. Autograph Musical Quotation inscribed and signed: "For Norman Jones/Cordially/Gregor Piatigorsky/June 1965", 5x3 card. Beneath his signature, Piatigorsky has drawn a bar of music. Magazine photograph, b/w, 1¾x3, affixed at left margin. Pencil note (unknown hand) at upper margin. Signed during the time the renowned cellist was teaching at the University of Southern California (1962-1976). Ukraine-born cellist Gregor Piatigorsky (1903-1976), who won a scholarship to the Moscow Conservatory, began playing with the Lenin Quartet and was the principal cellist for the Bolshoi Theatre while still a teenager. When he was not allowed to travel abroad to further his studies, Piatigorsky escaped to Poland and later studied briefly in Berlin and Leipzig before becoming the principal cellist of the Berlin Philharmonic. He made his U.S. debut in 1929, playing with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Leopold Stokowsi and the New York Philharmonic under Willem Mengelberg. Piatigorsky, who recorded and toured extensively with Arthur Rubinstein and Jascha Heifetz, also enjoyed a successful solo career, bringing the cello to the forefront as a solo instrument. To help to make the cello as facile and expressive as the violin, he transcribed, arranged, composed and commissioned works for the instrument. Piatigorsky moved to America in 1939 and became a U.S. citizen three years later. From 1941-1949, he was the head of the cello department at the Curtis Insitute of Music in Philadelphia, and "Grisha" later taught at Tanglewood and Boston University before his tenure at the University of Southern California (1962 until his death). Light vertical crease (barely visible) at the "Pi" of signature. Minor diagonal crease at the "5" of date. Fine condition.

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