ROBERT FIZDALE - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 12/3 - HFSID 253956
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 Rome. In it, he asks Peschka and Murdock for thank someone for putting Fizdale and his partner Arthur Gold on a membership list and his adventures in sending a telegram to Peschka. Accompanied by original air mail envelope.
Autograph letter signed "Bobby." in blue ink. 3 pages, 5½x8¾, on thin paper, single-sided sheets. Rome, Italy, dated "Dec. 3". In full: "Dearest Frank and Bill - Your letter of November 16 has just reached us as our mail is being forwarded rather erratically this year. The announcement is beautiful and says just what it should and both Arthur and I were very touched and honored to have our names put on the Isabelle Standwell Membership list. Will you please convey to her our feelings of gratitude and our heartfelt thanks. We had dinner with Carmen on Thanksgiving Day and when we said it was Thanksgiving Day for two reasons this year - one being that it marked the approximate departure of F. J. Peschka from Bloomingdale's, Carmen said we must at once send you a telegram and so we rushed from the restaurant to the telegraph office only to realize when we arrived there that none of us knew your new address. The next morning we were off to Naples for a concert, still without your address, and it wasn't until we returned to Rome yesterday that we found your letter waiting for us Our tour is going rather well. We shall be back in New York (at 333 C. P. W.) late in the night of Dec. 23. Before that we give concerts in Genoa, Rome Florence and Milan. All the European fans of the Little Players (the Roberts and the Bedeers and Carmen, etc,.) are all excited about your plans. So are we. We miss you all and shall see you very soon. Arthur joins me in sending love to you all." Postscripted: "address: from now through Dec 19. c/o Propoganda [sic] Musicale via Boncompagni 12 Rome." Lightly toned and creased. Handwriting but not signature is faded in places but legible. Folded once and unfolded. Otherwise in fine condition. Accompanied by: Original air mail envelope. With pencil notations near stamps in unknown hand. Addressed in Fizdale's hand to "The Little Players/c/o Peschka - Murdock", New York City. With three Italian stamps 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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