PHYLLIS SELLICK - AUTOGRAPH CO-SIGNED BY: DOUGLAS WHITTAKER, BRIAN CHAPPLE, BOB DENNIS, JOHN GASEIER, CYRIL JAMES SMITH - HFSID 112235
Sale Price $216.00
PHYLLIS SELLICK, CYRIL SMITH, DOUGLAS WHITTAKER, BRIAN CHAPPLE, and others
The classical music figures pens their names on this green album leaf
Signatures: "Phillis Sellick", in black ink and "Cyril Smith", in blue ink. On verso: “Douglas Whittaker”, and “Brian Chapple” in blue ink, with 2 additional signers who are difficult to decipher, 4x6. PHYLLIS SELLICK (1911-2007) was a British pianist. Something of a prodigy, Sellick began playing the piano by ear at age three. However, she is best known for her partnership with husband CYRIL SMITH (1909-1974), whom she married in 1937 and began performing with four years later. They continued playing together even after Smith lost the use of his left hand; they just switched to pieces specially designed to be played with three hands, rather than four. After Smith's death, Sellick taught at the Royal College of Music in London, Great Britain until the 1990s. DOUGLAS WHITTAKER (1925-1974) played first flute in the BBC symphony and taught at the Royal College of music. In 1950, Douglas Whittaker earned the seat of Principal Flautist of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra in 1949. The following year he moved to London to join the Sadler's Wells Orchestra. Whittaker then went on to join the BBC Symphony Orchestra as Co-Principal Flute. Performing with the Leonardo Ensemble, London Bach Orchestra and the London Concertante, he was also instrumental in founding the Soho Concertante, a chamber orchestra that focused on playing works in places that were important to the composers. BRIAN CHAPPLE (b.1945) is a British composer who studied at the Royal Academy of Music with Lennox Berkeley. His talents were recognized when he won the BBC Monarchy 1000 prize in 1972 for the orchestral work, “Green and Pleasant”. Some of his other works include the Choral symphony In Ecclesiis, Songs of Innocence, Five Blake Songs, Five Shakespeare Songs, and various piano sonatas. The two remaining signers merit further research. Ink specks and markings on front and verso. Jagged right edge caused by leaf being torn from album. Otherwise, fine condition.
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