ROBERT FIZDALE - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 1/10 - HFSID 253938
ROBERT FIZDALE Fizdale wrote this letter inside a Toulouse-Lautrec greeting card to Frank Peschka and Bill Murdock, founders of New York City's Little Players theatre company. In it, they accept
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Fizdale wrote this letter inside a Toulouse-Lautrec greeting card to Frank Peschka and Bill Murdock, founders of New York City's Little Players theatre company. In it, they accept an invitation to appear on "the tube" with Peschka and Murdock and mention their biography of Sarah Bernhardt, The Divine Sarah, and visiting Mikhail Baryshnikov.
Autograph letter signed "Bobby" in blue ink. 2 pages, 9½x7 (unfolded), 4¾x7 (folded), inside a Henri de Toulouse-Latrec greeting card. Card is ©1985 The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Water Mill, New York, dated "Jan. 10". Addressed to "Ones Both". In full: "Dear Ones Both, Your Christmas letter has been travelling from Water Mill to NYC and back - (So have we, but in the opposite direction) - and caught up with us just yesterday. Of course we'd love to be with you on the tube or anywhere else. We'd consider it an honor. I can't tell you how much we miss you both, how often we think of you, how ecstatically we recall the glorious performances of the Little Players and how the NY theatre just ain't what it used to be - without all of you. We're still at work on Bernhardt and hope finish it in a year or two. I thought you'd be interested by the article. It was a great joy to watch Baryshnikov rehearse for two days (Giselle) and then spend a day with him in his house in Sneden's Landing - a stone's throw from our old house (see pp. 4, 8, 14 & 38). Much much love to you both from us both & all good wishes for the New Year And 'All Love' as well." Postcripted in black ink: "P. S. Magazine is coming 'under separate cover." "Bernhardt" is most likely The Divine Sarah, a biography of Sarah Bernhardt that Fizdale and his partner wrote and published in 1991. Based on the tone of this letter and the fact that it mentions the "Little Players," we think this letter may have been addressed to FRANK PESCHKA and BILL MURDOCK, founders of New York City's Little Players theatre company and longtime correspondents with 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. Lightly toned and creased. Handwriting, but not signature, is lightly smeared in places, but legible. Ink transference, which touches handwriting but not signature. Otherwise in fine condition.
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