ROBERT FIZDALE - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 04/05/1974 - HFSID 253957
Sale Price $198.00
Robert Fizdale handwrote and signed this letter to Frank Peschka and Bill Murdock, founders of New York City's Little Players theatre company, from Chicago, Illinois in 1974. Fizdale wrote to apologize about not thanking the two for a performance because he and his partner Arthur Fizadle were moving. He also writes about the health of his 88 year-old mother. Accompanied by original air mail envelope.
Autograph letter signed "Bobby." in blue ink. 3 pages, 5½x7, on textured paper, single-sided sheets. Chicago, Illinois, April 5, 1974. In full: "Dear Frank and Bill - A thousand apologies for not having called you after the magnificent At Home but from that moment to this has been unbelievably hectic. One day later we had to have an apartment ready for subtenants move all our music, [illegible], clothes to L.I. send the programs we're going to play in Europe to our manager, etc etc. Why go on? But the beauty of the (your!) evening sustained us through all the tediousness. It was such a moving performance and, of course, we nearly fainted with pleasure seeing the painting of [illegible] folly and hearing certain words like a Remembrance of Things Past. You never cease to amaze and delight us. I am in Chicago for a week being a nurse for my mother, who is, at 88!, home from the 4-month siege of hospitals, nursing homes and 3 operations in phenomenally good shape. She has asked me to have framed the beautiful 'card' you sent her which has cheered her so much. Bless you both for enriching the lives of all who know you. Mother sends her love So do I!!! You adoring fan". Lightly toned and creased. Pen skipped while writing handwriting in places, but handwriting is legible. Folded once and unfolded. Otherwise in fine condition. Accompanied by: Original air mail envelope, signed "R. Fizdale" in blue ink in return address. Addressed in Fizdale's hand to "Messers Peschka and Murdock", New York City. With on 13¢ red-and-white United States air mail stamp affixed. Lightly toned, creased and rippled. Envelope is neatly torn open at top edge. Random ink stains. Otherwise in fine condition. FRANK PESCHKA and BILL MURDOCK were founders of New York City's Little Players theatre company, as well as longtime correspondents of Fizdale. ROBERT FIZDALE (1920-1995, born in Chicago, Illinois) and ARTHUR GOLD (1917-1990, born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada) met while students at Juilliard. The partners helped transform the duo-piano repertory by commissioning and performing many new works. They appeared on a stage and on a number of recordings and were nominated for a 1963 Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance. Fizdale and Gold also authored the book, The Divine Sarah (1991), a biography of Sarah Bernhardt, the first international superstar.
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